Works and Housing Minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has inaugurated a nine- member Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria ( COREN), charging them to maintain professionalism.
Fashola, while inaugurating the council members urged them on Tuesday, in Abuja urged them to imbibe professionalism and ensure that the ethics guiding the engineering profession were upheld.
He reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to the development of infrastructure in the country.
“Our government has committed to infrastructure and you all know infrastructure brings development to the country, it boosts our economy, creates employment and enables the nation to compete for continental and global space.”
The minister said members of the profession had been and would continue to play a significant role in this regard and stressed the need for COREN to ensure that professionalism was at its peak.
He charged them to uphold the moral and ethical standards of the profession, adding that true professionals always did the right thing no matter the situation and would not compromise standards in the face of pressure.
Responding, one of the council members, Mr Babagana Mohammed, said the new council members were coming with a lot of experience and dedication to protect the ethics and standards of the profession.
Mohammed is the immediate past President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
“We are going to emphasise on the do’s and don’ts because so many things are happening. Some people do not understand the regulations, so we need to make people understand and obey the regulations.
“That will form the focus of the ongoing conference of COREN,” Mohammed said.
Also speaking, another member, Prof. Zekeni Yelebe praised the infrastructural drive of the Buhari administration and pledged that they would ensure that standards were upheld in the profession.
“We can see that this government is serious in terms of infrastructural development and as a council, we will make sure that engineering activities especially infrastructural development is done with all engineering ethics.”
“The council will also look at the curriculum of institutions offering Engineering courses to see if there is need for changes or improvements to be made.
“Accreditation issues will also be appraised to ensure that the products of the Engineering Institutions can compete with their counterparts in any part of the world,” Helene said.
The newly inaugurated council members include Dr Muhammed Jibrin, representing North West, Dr Idiat Arogundade, representing the North Central, Prof. Baba Waziri, representing the North East.
Also Prof. Zekeni Yelebe, representing the South South and Prof. Gabriel Shonaike, representing the South West.
and Mr Babajide Ojedele representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
Others are Mr Ademola Olurunfemi also representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr Tasiu Wudil and Mr Babagana Mohammed both representing the Nigeria Society of Engineers