Delta State has taken a giant leap in its quest to put an end to the era of collapsed buildings and failed projects in the state owing to unregulated activities of engineering personnel in the state.
This move follows at the heels of the advice given by the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, to the Delta State Technical Committee (DSTC) on Engineering Monitoring and Regulation of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Following a meeting with the DSTC chairman and his team in Asaba, Mr. Aniagwu advised them to put their recommendations forward to the government for onward transmission to the State House of Assembly to legislate on the regulation of engineering personnel.
“It is important for you to put forward your recommendations so that as a government, we can proceed to the House of Assembly for the legislation as our indigenous law to regulate how projects are to be executed. Nothing stops us from having our indigenous legislation along that line.
Earlier, the Chairman of DSTC, Engr. Onyeka Agbabi, stated that COREN has adopted four registers to discourage quackery, stressing that it was imperative to capture technicians and craftsmen directly involved in the execution of buildings and related projects.
Agbabi further requested that the DSTC team be carried along in the tendering procedures to ensure that contracting firms have registered engineers on their board of directors.
“We are requesting that in the tendering procedures, COREN should be involved. This will ensure that the engineering firms that these contracts are being awarded to must have registered engineers among their board of directors.
“What is the difference between a quack and a professional? It is just the COREN practicing license. If your COREN practicing license gets stale and you are still practicing without renewing it, then you are operating as a quack” he said.
He solicited partnership with the information ministry to educate Deltans on the need to engage professionals in the execution of buildings and other related projects, even as he introduced members of the committee to the information commissioner.