Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has inaugurated two COREN regulation Committees in Edo and tasked the engineers to weed out quackery in the profession while urging the Council to enforce Quality in the industry. He also reminds Engineers they are crucial to National Development as COREN urges Companies to Register. The two committees are the Edo State Technical Committee (ESTC) and Edo State Expatriate Monitoring Committee (ESEMC) on engineering regulation at the Government House, Benin City, Isqil Najim reports.
During the inauguration, the Governor commended members of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) for their efforts in ensuring that engineering practice in the country is standardized and in line with global practice.
He also spoke on the importance of engineering to national development. in his word, “As far as we are concerned, engineering is equal to development because you cannot have any sound development without sound engineering, given the unprecedented democratic change we see in Nigeria. We are in a race against time; we have to accelerate drastically the pace at which we build our physical infrastructure because we are so short of physical infrastructure both in quantity and in terms of quality.”
The governor also challenged the engineering professionals to raise the quality of their work. In his word: “If we say the quality of what we are putting out in terms of our physical space is not good enough today, when we now accelerate the pace by creating more, how can we control the quality in future? That is why what you are doing today is commendable and is something that as a state we are totally in support of.”
He continued: “The inauguration of Edo State Technical Committee for the engineering regulation monitoring of COREN is the birth of a new dawn in what we consider current effort to revolutionize the practice of engineering in Nigeria in general and Edo in particular.
“With this inauguration, the era of mediocrity should be gone. I am tired of people who don’t have the relevant training calling themselves engineers; engineering is a serious subject and it’s like the practice of medicine.”
He challenged COREN to look at the issue of quackery. Saying that the State already “took extreme care and diligence in selecting members of Edo State Technical Committee and Edo State Expatriate Monitoring Committee.” All of whom are selected from reputable organizations.
He congratulated members of both committees and urged them to “justify the confidence reposed in you and ensure that you perform your assignment with the maximum commitment and credibility,”
He used the opportunity to reaffirm his administration’s commitment to deliver sustainable infrastructure across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Meanwhile, the President of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, Engr Ali Rabiu, during his address, has advised all practicing engineering firms to obtain their COREN license as a condition for pre-qualification for any engineering job in Nigeria. This is in line with the COREN Act as amended.
Addressing the Media, Engr Rabiu said the establishment of the Engineering Regulation Monitoring, ERM is a part of the Constitutional responsibility of the Council which is to regulate engineering in all its ramifications.
Engr Rabiu explained that the state technical and maintenance team will visit project sites and make reports to the STC. Each sector will have a minimum of about four inspectors and the visiting inspectors will visit only sites related to their respective sectors. He added that the STC are created to focus on the needs of their respective state.
Engr Rabiu explained that it is well known fact that government contracts remain the biggest point of engagement for engineers. So the STC will focus on capturing all the government contracts from the approval stage. And that is why members were drawn from appropriate agencies or to be part of the STC.
He said the whole exercise is aimed at saving money and avoid project failures.
He urged the team to ensure that the approval of all government contracts, building etc are strictly monitored and ensure the engineers involved are registered and also up-to-date in their practice.
Engr. Rabiu further explain that The overall task is to be able to trace any professional involved in projects so that should anything goes wrong and also to mitigate failure. He urged the STC to recommend appropriate action if the engineer is not doing the right thing or not registered and report to the government
In a nutshell the new programme effectively transfer the duty of the headquarters to the state now holds all the responsibilities to monitor the activities of COREN in the state. With this responsibility have been goven to them so we expect them to do as much as possible to achieve the mandate of COREN in then state.
The members of the committee are drawn from various professional bodies such as NSE, NATE NISET as well as from Police, Immigration and State agencies.
Engr. Enabulele F. E. representing the Governor on the STC and Monitoring while Engr Michael Ulabu represents the Federal Ministry of Works in the State. Others are Engr. Andrew Ehigiegba, State Ministry of Works; DSP Umaru Joab Shinga, The Nigerian police; E. K. Balogun, Nigerian Immigration Services; Engr Dauda Sule, State development Control Agency/FCDA; Engr Emmanuel Ebhadode, Local Government Services Commission; Engr Ojo Louis Ikponwonsa, Largest Employer of Engineering Practitioners in the State (Private Sector); Engr Edwin Omoregbe, NSE, Engn. Tech. Emanuel Onyyimi, NATE; and Sir. Chief. Adeoye Udukpegheme representing the Engineering Craftsmen. The Edo State also produced the first female member of the committee in person of Engr (Mrs) Mariam Abdulwajid Obomeghie, a former Chairman of Auchi Branch of NSE who represents the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN.
By Isqil Najim