NIGERIA: WE NEED NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO ADDRESS POWER, METERING CHALLENGES – BUHARI

iety could develop without engineering, noting that it is his desire to see the development of engineering training and practice in Nigeria and through it, a better living for all Nigerians.

To this end, Buhari commended the efforts of COREN in the review of the engineering curriculum for undergraduate training in Nigerian universities, while he called for support and encouragement for the leadership and members of the engineering family to evolve practical ways and means for improving engineering vocation and practice in Nigeria.In his presentation, President of COREN, Mr. Kashim Ali, commended the Presidency for the promulgation of Executive Order Number 5, which gives preferences to indigenous firms in the award of contracts, stating that it was an indication that the Federal Government now believes in the ability of indigenous practitioners.

According to him, with this Executive Order, the ball was now in the court of the Nigerians engineering practitioners to prove that they are competent and bale to execute projects that meet international standards.

He, however, noted that over the years, it had been observed that certain lacuna exist in the Engineers (Registration) Act CAP E11 of 2004, which vests powers on COREN to regulate the practice of engineering in all aspects and ramifications.According to Ali, this lacuna in its Act had served to hinder the optimal performance of COREN, especially in the area of enforcement, prosecution of quacks and inadequate sanctions for offenders among others.He said, “To this end, there have been clamour for amendments to the Act.

This prayer has also been answered as stakeholders including the Minister of Power, Works and Housing have come together to work with the National assembly for the amendment of the subsisting Act, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives and is now awaiting the concurrence of the Senate.”

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