COREN urges FG to ensure implementation of Executive Order No. 5

President, Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN), Engineer Ali Rabiu, has called on the federal government to always ensure implementation of the Executive Order number 5 recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin at the weekend, Engineer Rabiu said, if well implemented, it will go a long way in building capacities of the Nigerian engineering practitioners.

He explained that the Executive Order number 5 shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts in line with the Public Procurement Act of 2007.

“The Act has given us a leverage to be able to expand our sources of revenue and we are just starting to look at the modalities on how to implement the provision of this new Act,” Engineer Rabiu said.

According to him, the Act has also made it mandatory for the Accountant General of the Federation to release a certain percentage on every contract awarded in Nigeria to the coffers of COREN and also allows us to access grants from multilateral agencies.

Speaking on his achievements in the past one year in office, Engineer Rabiu said that before now, the council was handicapped in dealing with quacks because “our principal Act only allowed us to deal with those we have in our register but with the amendment of the law recently by the National Assembly, the council can now prosecute any quack or individual who commits any infractions in the engineering profession”.

The COREN President disclosed that the council has taken up the case of the collapsed building in Owerri so that the case would not be swept underneath the carpet, saying that investigations into the incident have commenced while culprits would be prosecuted.

 

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