The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) says it will re-submit application to the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) in February 2020 for the purpose of internationalising its engineering qualifications.
President of the Council, Mr Ali Rabiu said at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday that the move was also crucial in positioning Nigeria as a provisional signatory to the Washington Accord.
Rabiu expressed dismay that the council’s application was turned down at the international Engineering Alliance meeting held in Hong Kong from June 9 to June 14, 2019.
According to him, the council is in the process internalising its engineering qualification to enhance mobility of Nigerian engineering practitioners.
Rabiu said, “the council’s application was turned down at the international engineering meeting in Hong Kong because the IEA had concerns with the level of autonomy as a government agency and COREN’s accreditation system.
“The council is therefore required to re-submit its application to the IEA, hence a Washington Accord Application was inaugurated on Nov. 5 to further process COREN’s application for provisional signatory status to Washington Accord,’’ Rabiu said.
He said that the committee has six weeks to complete its task and submit a report back to the council.
While expressing optimism that the application would be successful this time, Rabiu said that it would be reviewed at the IEA meeting scheduled to hold in South Africa from June 21 to June 26, 2020.
Edited by: Felix Ajide
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