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Open Letter to COREN and NSE President on Standardised Fee Scales for Engineers Practicing in Nigeria

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OPEN LETTER TO COUNCIL FOR THE REGULATION OF ENGINEERING IN NIGERIA (COREN) PRESIDENT AND THE INCOMING LEADERSHIP OF NIGERIAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS (NSE) ON: URGENT APPEAL FOR ACTION ON STANDARDIZED FEE SCALES FOR ENGINEERS PRACTISING IN NIGERIA.

I trust this open letter finds you in good health and high spirits. I am writing to you as a friend of the engineering community in Nigeria and aged father of registered engineers, addressing a matter of utmost importance—the pressing need for decisive action on standardized fee scales for engineers.

As a proud signatory of the Washington Accord, it is imperative that COREN and NSE not only symbolically endorse international standards but actively ensure the welfare and prosperity of engineers within our nation.

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Fee scales within the field of engineering are paramount for upholding professional standards, preventing undercutting, and safeguarding the financial interests of our esteemed engineers. They serve as a fair and transparent guideline for compensation, considering factors such as project complexity, engineer experience, and prevailing market conditions.

While acknowledging the recent signing of the Washington Accord, it is my sincere belief that this commitment should extend beyond a ceremonial act and resonate in the daily lives and welfare of our engineers. Numerous professionals in our community are grappling with financial challenges due to apparent difficulties in enforcing or updating fee scales.

I respectfully urge the leadership of COREN and NSE to consider the following proactive measures:
*Transparent Communication:* Foster transparent communication with the engineering community regarding current economy challenges and proposed solutions related to fee scales.

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Immediate Review and Update: Undertake a comprehensive and immediate review of existing fee scales, ensuring alignment with international standards and addressing the current economic realities of our nation.

Advocacy for Enforcement: Advocate for the effective enforcement of standardized fee scales to prevent engineers from being shortchanged and to maintain the integrity of the profession.

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Welfare Programs:

Develop and implement welfare programs supporting engineers facing financial difficulties, thereby ensuring the well-being of all members because most clients and employers of engineers embarking on Billion dollar projects now offer registered engineers peanuts and poor welfare packages, using gross unemployment rate, unavailable latest scale of fee from professional bodies to various organizations here and non enforcement of the existing like documents as as avenue to shortchanged professionals.

Engagement with Stakeholders: Collaborate with government bodies, project developers, private organizations, private and public institutes engaging services of engineers and other stakeholders, to create an environment valuing and upholding the professional standards of engineers.

I firmly believe that by taking these actions, COREN and NSE can set an exemplary standard, fostering a thriving and respected engineering community in Nigeria. Your commitment to the welfare of engineers will not only enhance the profession’s reputation but also contribute significantly to the overall development of our nation.

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I appreciate your attention to this matter and eagerly anticipate witnessing positive changes that will benefit the entire engineering community. Congratulations to the newly elected leadership of NSE .

Sincerely,
Concern Nigerian That Love Nigeria Engineers

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