The Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya who is desirous of the development and proper planning of the state in line with international best practices had decided to inaugurate the Gombe State Technical Committee (GSTC) and the Gombe State Expatriate Monitoring Committee (GSEMC) of the Engineering Regulations Monitoring by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, (COREN).
The Governor who have done tremendously well within the shortest space of governance had commended the leadership of the Council and Management Team of COREN on the tremendous work they have doing in ensuring that engineering practice in Nigeria is executed with strict compliance to relevance codes and regulations and in a way that promotes Nigeria’s economic and strategic interests as against unprofessional practices that could noticed in some parts of the country through the high rate of collapsed buildings in the country.
According to a “silent operator” Governor, Engineering is the bedrock of infrastructural development and has played crucial role in the development of great countries. For Nigeria to achieve its developmental objectives, strong emphasis must be placed on the role of engineering and other related professions.
” From bridges to highways, water treatment plants to electricity plants, drainages to dams, housing and office infrastructure, the role of engineering in infrastructural development cannot be over-emphasized”, adding that
the inauguration of the State Technical Committee of the Engineering Regulations Monitoring by COREN is geared towards revolutionizing engineering practice in Nigeria and domesticating those best practices in Gombe State hence his belief was that with this development, there would be better regulation of engineering practice in Gombe State.
The Governor noted that his administration has taken concrete steps towards addressing the infrastructural challenges facing the State.
“From the construction of township roads to our land administration reforms and the enforcement of building codes and regulations, Our administration will continue to enforce those regulations and ensure that engineering practices conform to the highest standards”,
noting that the committee draw its membership from reputable engineering professionals and organizations.
The Governor who acknowledged the role of engineering profession, stressed hope that the committee shall be guided by the following terms of reference:
i. To locate and document organizations and practitioners and report to the Registrar;
ii. To verify and monitor professional competence of works approving Officers;
iii. To act as COREN watchdogs on maintenance, upholding engineering codes and ensure that all such works are in accordance with engineering design and specifications by Registered Engineers;
iv. To verify that all organizations working in the area of engineering contracting have at least an active Registered Engineer on their Board of Directors;
v. To observe and report cases of non-adherence to approved engineering codes of practice in respect of public and private works to the Registrar;
vi. To report all defaulters and contravention of COREN Act to the Registrar;
vii. To verify that all engineering practitioners (local and foreign) in the engineering organizations have valid COREN practicing license.
While congratulating the members of the committee for being found worthy of the honor and hoped that they would do everything to justify the confidence reposed in them and also used the opportunity to reiterate that Gombe State has zero tolerance for illegality and abuse of engineering regulations, adding ” any engineer supervising any project must be fully registered by COREN and the possession of a practicing license shall be a condition for pre-qualification in all engineering projects in the State”.
According to him, the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has added another risk factor to the practice of engineering while the government is doing its part to ensure that communities are safe and therefore urged them to come up with and implement appropriate guidelines to regulate the practice of Engineering during Covid-19, in line with best practices.
He commended the COREN for the choice of Gombe among the first States to inaugurate the program and assured them of their continued support and cooperation in their efforts to promote best practices in the engineering profession in Gombe State and Nigeria at large.
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