COREN warns cor­rupt engi­neers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

The Coun­cil for the Reg­u­la­tion of Engi­neers in Nige­ria (COREN) has warned engi­neers in the coun­try to de­sist from cor­rupt prac­tices, say­ing any­one found want­ing will be sanc­tioned. Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the coun­cil, Engi­neer Kashim A. Ali, gave the warn­ing in Kano yesterday at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of En­gi­neer­ing Reg­u­la­tion Mon­i­tor­ing (ERM) for Kano, Ji­gawa and Katsina in­spec­torates.

Ali said engi­neers must em­brace the anti-cor­rup­tion war of the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari-led gov­ern­ment, to sal­vage the coun­try.

“We have no­ticed that over 90 per cent of the na­tion’s ap­pro­pri­a­tion goes to en­gi­neer­ing projects. Any engi­neer in­volved in any cor­rupt prac­tice di­rectly or in­di­rectly will be se­verely sanc­tioned,” he said.

He sug­gested that all en­gi­neer­ing firms should ob­tain COREN prac­tic­ing li­cense as con­di­tion for pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion for any en­gi­neer­ing job in Nige­ria.

Also speak­ing, Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian So­ci­ety of Engi­neers (NSE), Engi­neer Ade­mola Isaac Olu­run­femi, said for the coun­try to achieve strict ad­her­ence to high eth­i­cal val­ues in en­gi­neer­ing, stake­hold­ers must pay at­ten­tion to reg­u­la­tion and mon­i­tor­ing.

He said: “The essence of es­tab­lish­ment of NSE is for the ad­vance­ment of en­gi­neer­ing prac­tice; and our for­bear­ers, in their wis­dom, main­streamed var­i­ous crit­i­cal el­e­ments of con­trol into the prac­tice in or­der to up­hold the dig­nity of prac­ti­tion­ers and the pro­fes­sion.”

He said the So­ci­ety would on Novem­ber 17, 2015 present Nige­ria’s maiden in­fra­struc­ture score­card to Pres­i­dent Buhari.

Mean­while, 404 new in­spec­tors from Kano, Ji­gawa and Katsina states were in­ducted into the En­gi­neer­ing Reg­u­la­tion Mon­i­tor­ing (ERM) at the oc­ca­sion.

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