BY DONATUS NADI,
Nigerian engineers under the auspices of the Council for the
Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) have been charged to
evolve an overarching framework for the integration and regulation of
engineering practice in keeping with global best practices to avoid
making the country a dumping ground for Pseudo expatriate engineers.
Nasarawa state governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, gave the charge
at the 26th Engineering Assembly of the Council for the
Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) held at the International
Conference Centre, Abuja.
Almakura also tasked the body on the need to evolve a more attractive
condition of service in order to avoid capital flight and forestall
flight of indigenous engineers to seek better working conditions more
Lamenting the incessant cases of building collapse in the country with
its attendant negative consequences, Governor Almakura questioned
where the problem of engineering regulation in Nigeria lies.
“Is the problem bedeviling the Engineering sector that of
Inefficiency? Is it lack of Expertise? Is it a question of Integrity,
resulting from unethical practices by the Professionals? What is the
role of the COREN in curtailing the recurrent collapse of buildings,
roads, bridges and high-tension lines across the country?” he queried.
The governor explained that: :”The only way to forestall capital
flight, on the one hand, and to foreclose the flight of indigenous
Engineers in search of greener pastures, on the other, is to develop a
stringent regulatory framework and evolve more attractive conditions
of service in order to retain Nigerian Engineers for diligent
“This will go a long way in reducing Nigeria being a dumping ground
for all kinds pseudo engineers as expatriate engineers in Nigeria, as
well as address the critical challenges affecting the Engineering
He maintained that this will create multiplier effects as more
economic opportunities such as employment generation will thrive in
the sector and, by extension, boost our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“In consonance with Government policy focus, therefore, robust
engineering activities will go a long way in addressing the deficient
infrastructural facilities as a yardstick for flourishing
manufacturing and industrial development in Nigeria”.