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Odigure emerges new COREN registrar

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Abuja, March 13, 2019 A Professor of Chemical Engineering, Joseph Odigure has been appointed as the new Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

A statement by Mrs Haruna Ojonugwa, the Head, Public Relations of COREN on Wednesday in Abuja, said the appointment took effect from March.

She said that Makili had served two terms of three years, each, as registrar of COREN; from March 2013 to March 2019.

Ojonugwa said that until his appointment, Odigure was a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna.

She said that Odigure, born on Oct. 2, 1959 at Onitsha, attended the Belarus National University of Technology, Minsk, Belarus, where he obtained an M.Sc in Chemical Technology of Binding Materials.

“A registered engineer, and a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Odigure is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials.

“A Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering started his working career at the Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he did his one year National Youth Service in 1990.

“He was later employed as lecturer 1 in 1991, rising to the rank of a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the same University,” she said.

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COREN accredits four Engineering programmes in FUOYE

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COREN accredits four Engineering programmes in FUOYE: The management of Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), on Monday said four of its Engineering programmes had been given full accreditation by the Council for Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).

The Deputy Director Corporate Services of the university, Mr Ademuyiwa Adeyinka, said this in a statement made available to Nigeria News Agency in Oye-Ekiti.

He said the accredited programmes were Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

He said COREN Registrar, Prof. Joseph Odigure, had communicated the university authority on the achievement.

Adeyinka said that full accreditation was given to the university because of the high standard of its facilities and the capability of the personnel in the Faculty of Engineering of the university.

“I wish to notify parents, students and the newsmen that four Engineering programmes of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) have been given full accreditation by COREN.

“The accredited Engineering programmes are Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

“We are also glad to inform you that the facilities for these programmes are available and our personnel are well equipped with good teaching skills to teach the students who wish to become renowned engineers in future,’’ he said.

The deputy director charged the engineering students of the university in Ikole-Ekiti campus to be hardworking and make good use of the facilities provided for them.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Ejike Obeta
(NAN)

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Council inaugurates committee to facilitate membership of Washington Accord

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Mr Ali Rabiu, President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), has inaugurated a nine-man committee to facilitate membership of the International Engineering Alliance, known as the Washington Accord.

Rabiu, while speaking at the inauguration on Tuesday in Abuja, said the committee’s term of reference included processing of the council’s application for Provisional Signatory Status.

He said COREN was in the process to internationalise its engineering qualifications to enhance mobility of its engineering practitioners by becoming a Provisional Signatory to the Washington Accord.

He said the Washington accord is an international agreement of selected governing bodies, responsible for engineering decree accreditation.

According to him, the essence was to be able to recognise the decrees or qualifications of member countries’ signatory to such an accord.

“This means that if Nigeria is a signatory to the accord all engineers practitioners who carry our decrees that we have accredited from Nigerian universities and the qualifications of COREN can practice in any member countries of the accord.

“Now we have about 20 members and who have signatory status and we have eight members who have the provisional status.

“What COREN is applying for now is the provisional status where we are expected, if we are lucky, to get it for at least two years before we graduate to the signatory status.

“This committee has the responsibility to process our second application and hopefully the last application because we believe that those areas we have issues are already being addressed by COREN,’’ Rabiu said.

He said the committee has six weeks to come up with their application and also expected to bring forward their application before Feb. 20, 2020.

Members of the committee include Prof. John Olorunmaiye as Chairman, Dr Clifford Nwoji member, other members are Prof. Emmanuel Ajav, Prof. Adisa Bello.

Others are Nurudeen Musa, Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, Prof. Wopa Maliki, Prof. Joseph Odigure, Mr Andrew Onyilo and Miss Precious Onuoha.

In a related development COREN had also inaugurated 19-Member Board to oversee the accreditation of engineering programmes.

The board among other functions were expected to implement COREN accreditation policy, formulate guidelines and procedures for accreditation and the law of new engineering programmes.

They were also expected to evaluate the programmes at regular intervals not exceeding five years with the third year being the preparatory period for the next accreditation.

The inauguration of the board came as a fall out of the 163th Ordinary Meeting of the council in September 12th, which approved the establishment of an engineering accreditation board.

NAN reports that the accreditation board is required in COREN’s quest to internationalise its engineering qualifications.


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Define Nigerian standards to tackle future land shortage, Masari tasks COREN

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Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has urged Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) to define Nigerian standards to tackle  future land shortage as the population would  double in the next 50 years.

“In the face of dwindling resources and the large population, the challenge in resource allocation and usage for the benefit of majority of Nigerians is a serious challenge to state governments.

“If we don’t define a Nigerian standard that we can produce within our own resources to meet our today’s needs and that of the future I do not think we will be making the right progress and in the right direction,’’ he said.

According to him, with the growing population, in the next 10 years there will be competition for land acquisition.

Masari said that the country could only solve the problem of future land shortage through science and technology.

“Engineers and other professional bodies should start thinking because the land of Nigeria is not growing but the population that inhabit in it is growing.

“In the next 50 years the population of Nigeria will double using the same land, so the competition will be intense and demanding,’’ he said.

Mr Ali Rabiu, President of COREN said that the council would soon adopt a framework for monitoring and controlling of engineering activities in the country.

Rabiu said that the amendment of the  council’s Act  had broadened  the council  with  power of prosecution of infractions, regulating industrial training, continuing professional development, capacity building and local content in Nigeria engineering industry.

According to him, the new Act provides that all foreign engineering firms establish their design offices in Nigeria as well as grant compulsory attestation to all expatriate quotas for engineering practitioners.

“The last administration in the council worked tremendously and dealt with one of the major impediments to our quest to promote and ensure highest standards of professionalism in engineering practice in Nigeria.

“The present council will consolidate on this major achievement and correct the lapses inevitable in all human endeavours, tackle the new engineering challenges and chart bold plans for transforming engineering practice in Nigeria.

“We will ensure the enforcement of the Act and all regulations of council,’’ he said.

Rabiu said the council would work within the engineering codes, ethics and standards and be committed to improve the living conditions of the people.

He said that the council would consolidate its efforts along with the government to address key challenges of climate change, resettling displaced communities and tackling insecurity across the country.

Rabiu said that another important gain from the amendment of the Act was the provision that allows council to pass regulation directly.

Prof. Joseph Odigure, Registrar of COREN, called on all the stakeholders  at the conference to design the right way forward on what should be done to conceptualise the “doable’’ on the short term to make Nigeria great again.

Odigure said that strategic alliance was not just to do with nomenclature of family members and their functions but about the council thinking of how to preserve one another and the nation as a whole.

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New law empowers COREN to tackle building collapses – President

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President of the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Mr Ali Rabiu, says the council has been empowered to tackle building collapses in the country with its just amended laws.

Rabiu said this in Abuja on Monday at a news conference organised by the council on its forthcoming 28th COREN Engineering Assembly scheduled for Aug. 19 to Aug.21.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 22 assented to the Engineers Registration Amendment Act 2018.

Rabiu said the amended laws would help the council to address holistically the issue of building collapses which was becoming embarrassing to the council and the nation in general.

He said the amendment had broadened the powers of the council with far reaching powers to sanction quacks and punish anyone committing infractions on engineering projects.

According to him, the amended law also empowers the council to ensure capacity building and monitoring of local content in the Nigerian engineering sector.

“Our new law has empowered us to go after quacks in the engineering profession; before now the law empowered us only to discipline or sanction engineers and practitioners who are on our register.

“The new law has, however, empowered us to not only punish engineers and practitioners who are on our register but any citizen committing infractions on engineering projects.

“We are working on the modality of implementing the law and as soon as we are through with that we will go to town, we will take appropriate measures on issues of building collapse,” he said.

Rabiu added that other powers given to the council included expanding the quality and scope of its regulations, increasing the number of council members and improving the sources of funds.

Others he said include strengthening administration and the practice as well as professional development of practitioners, and establishing an Engineering Regulation and Monitoring (ERM) Department within the council among others.

Rabiu stressed that the ERM would ensure effective monitoring of projects across the country and many regulations would be churned out by COREN to guide the way and manner infrastructure projects were being handled.

Prof. Joseph Odigure, Registrar COREN said the council was collaborating with relevant agencies like Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to have the enabling standards particularly for engineering infrastructure development.

He said the membership also include the police, military, customs and other relevant personnel for each state to form their respective committees.

He said the ERM would now be all inclusive rather than just being a responsibility of COREN.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme for the forthcoming assembly is `Strategic Alliance amongst Engineering Professionals for Enhanced Opportunity’, and holding in Abuja.

Expected at the assembly are the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

The assembly is an annual event organised to update the knowledge of members of the engineering family and share ideas on emerging issues on the practice of engineering profession.

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