COREN Warns Nigerians Against Quacks For Building And Construction
The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, has advised Nigerians against patronising quacks for building and construction jobs to avoid incidences of collapsed buildings and failed road projects.
President of COREN, Kassim Ali gave the advice in an interview with radio Nigeria in Abuja
Ali said the incidences of collapsed buildings in Nigeria in recent times could be traced to the use of quacks instead of professionals who are conscious of their calling.
He explained that there are situations where jobs are given to non-professionals who do not know the basics of the job and the contractor in turn sublets the project to those who have the equipment make gain.
Ali linked the cause of incessant building collapses to the use of quacks, poor building materials and wrong implementation of designs.
He explained that building designs undergo series of scrutiny by professional engineers before it would exit the vetting room, adding that certified designs must carry the official stamp of COREN registered engineer.
The President however lamented that after the vetting the procedures that most clients would shun the services of registered engineers by using quacks to execute the project, a situation that might lead to eventual collapse of the building.
Ali who explained that COREN lacked powers to sanction impersonators disguised as engineers working on engineering projects across the country noted that COREN has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ,MoU, with Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ,ICPC, to arrest and sanction quacks as contained in the ICPC act.
On Jabi building collapse, he stated that the committee set up to investigate it , has submitted its preliminary report, stressing that the council is studying it.
He noted that irregular practices and contracts would impact negatively on the finished project as quality would be compromised.
“I am interested in seeing the professionals behind construction work, Part of the council’s mandate is to make sure the engineers on site are not quacks but properly trained” Ali added.
The COREN President however, said that the story in the industry was not all bad as there were well-trained Nigerian engineers who are living up to expectation.