By Abiemwense Moru
The Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has mentioned that the engineering occupation has been infiltrated by quacks as “engineer’’ is ascribed to anybody carrying a helmet.
Dogara mentioned this on Monday in Abuja at a public listening to on a Bill for an Act to Amend the Engineers (Registration and so forth) Act, organised by the House’s Committee on Works.
He mentioned that the impact of this was that “our lives are put in danger by collapsed buildings and potholed roads in addition to failing machines amongst others’’.
According to him, immediately, engineering failures haven’t solely introduced monetary and financial prices to our nation, they’ve additionally imposed heavy social prices on us.
“Worse nonetheless, there seems to be no inside mechanism to cope with these ugly developments and so there’s a want to reply to emergent challenges and align with international greatest practices.’’
Chairman of the committee, Rep. Toby Okechukwu, advised the stakeholders that the Bill was amongst others, designed to “empower the registration council to arrest and prosecute quacks within the apply of engineering.
He added that the invoice when handed, would give duty to the Council over firms engaged in engineering, to register, licence all engineering companies and personnel, together with offences and penalties in addition to their enforcement.
“It can even empower the Council to earn extra income to fund its operations and actions to go with authorities funding and prolong the mandate of the Council to incorporate engineering regulation and monitoring.’’
President of Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Mr Kashim Ali, in his submission, mentioned “essentially the most disturbing is the truth that registration of engineering companies has been restricted to engineering consulting companies.
“This has resulted in complete absence of COREN oversight on different organizations engaged in engineering works and companies in Nigeria, which incorporates building firms, engineering industries and manufacturing firms.’’
In his presentation, a famend engineer, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, mentioned that the companies of engineers had been indispensable, however regretted that they had been by no means made ministers.
“In the ministry of well being, we’ve a medical physician as minister and why is it that now we don’t appoint engineers of their rightful place.
“In 1960, the parliament had no engineers, so politicians got appointments meant for engineers, and immediately the state of affairs stays identical.
“I ‘m retired now; I can’t turn into a minister once more, however engineers needs to be given their rightful place as a result of they may do the job higher,’’ he mentioned.
In his contribution, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, mentioned that the ministry would be certain that it put smile on the faces of Nigerians.
He mentioned “the extent of infrastructural growth throughout the three ministries that may happen earlier than I depart workplace will put a smile on the faces of all Nigerians’’.
The minister was represented by a Director of the ministry, Mr Sunday Umannah.