The collapse of reigners bible church in Uyo Akwa Ibom state has prompted the council for the regulation of engineering in Nigeria COREN to again insist on the use of only accredited engineers and engineering consulting firms in engineering activities in the country.
President of the council Kashim Ali at the end of its last quarter council meeting for the year 2016 frowned at the continuous loss of lives to collapsed structures that could have been avoided if professionals were involved.
Nigerians were again thrown into grief and sorrow as another building collapsed, claiming many lives and injuring many others.
This has forced observers to again clamour for serious regulation and enforcement of laws guiding the development of structures in the country.
Little wonder then, the main issue at this meeting by council members of COREN is collapsed buildings.
President of COREN, Kashim Ali says of the building collapse recorded so far in Nigeria, less than one percent of those involved are certified engineering personnel.
The President said those found wanting are under investigation and prosecution for ethical and criminal trials.
The COREN president reveals that investigation has commenced uncovering the designers and engineers involved in the construction of the latest incident in Uyo.
Kashim highlighted some of the council’s activities within the year under review disclosing that more than four hundred engineers have been registered.
The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, is a body set-up by the Decrees 55/70 and 27/92 (now Acts 110). The Decrees empowered the Council to regulate and control the training and practice of engineering in Nigeria and to ensure and enforce the registration of all engineering personnel (i.e. Engineers, Engineering Technologists, Engineering Technicians, and Engineering Craftsmen) and consulting firms wishing to practice or engage in the practice of engineering.