The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) is to transit the Nigerian Engineering Education System to Outcome-Based Education (OBE) to enable its members practise abroad.
The president, Engr. Ali Rabiu, said the council had raised engineering education by benchmarking national qualifications against those of countries that have attained international standards.
Rabiu, who disclosed this at the 28th COREN Engineering Assembly yesterday in Abuja, stated that the move was in line with global trend and part of efforts by the council to attain the Provisional Signatory Status of the Washington Accord (WA) under the International Engineering Alliance (IEA).
According to him, “It is my hope that by this time next year COREN will have become a member of the International engineering Alliance (IEA).”
The good thing about this,Rabiu revealed is that, “Nigerian Engineers would be able to practice in all signatory economies of the Washington Accord including, China, America, United Kingdom, Germany among others.”
Speaking further, Engr Ali observed that one of the highlight of the new amendment to COREN Act is the power granted the Council to pass regulation directly. He informed the gathering that the the Council is presently in the process of adopting a framework for engineering activities monitoring and control in the country.
Nigerian Engineers would be able to practice in all signatory economies of the Washington Accord including, China, America, United Kingdom, Germany among others.
“This is aimed at maintaining stability and inspire confidence in the practice with the overall benefits meant to favour economic growth and generate more employment opportunities and provide abundant resources for industrialisation and increase wealth of stakeholders,” he added.
The COREN president said that the Council “is therefore poised to sanitising the industry hence, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), other stakeholders and the general public are hereby requested to ensure maximum compliance.”
While pledging the determination of the Council towards ensuring enforcement of the Act and all Regulations of Council, Engr Rabiu challenged the engineers to “work within the engineering codes, ethics and standards and be committed to improving the lives of the people by consolidating efforts along with the government to address key challenges of climate change, resettling displaced communities, insecurity across the country, failed infrastructures and others.”
He affirmed the readiness of COREN “to collaborate with federal,states and local governments, legislators, the Diplomatic Corps and all Nigerians to rebuild and reposition Nigeria as the heartbeat and reference point for the African continent.”
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the occasion and governor of Katsina State, Hon. Aminu Masari, in his keynote address, urged the Nigerian Engineers to wake up to their profession through the proper utilisation of the nation’s natural resources.
According to him, “The Nigerian population will double in few years to come with its attendant impact on the infrastructure, the onus lies on the engineers to deploy science and technology into addressing the nation’s infrastructural challenge”
Governor Masari, urged the engineers to come up with new models and designs to cushion the effect of climate change, adding that there was the need to improve on engineering education to bring the country out of the current state.
“work within the engineering codes, ethics and standards and be committed to improving the lives of the people by consolidating efforts along with the government to address key challenges of climate change, resettling displaced communities, insecurity across the country, failed infrastructures and others.
COREN Assembly is a gathering of all engineering practitioners in the country. It is an annual event where members are updated on the policies and direction of engineering profession, while also serving as the platform for continuing professional development through various carefully designed presentations and activities. The Council, created by Act of federal Republic of Nigeria, is saddled with power to regulate, monitor and enforce engineering education and practices in all ramifications.