16 March 2010

Nigeria: COREN Commissions New Abuja Headquarters

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN, yesterday officially commissioned its new head office located at Addis Abbaba Crescent, Wuse, Zone 4, Abuja.

The building was commissioned by the Minister of Works, Housing and Urban Development Dr. Hassan Muhammad Lawal who described the two storey building as a befitting status for a government regulatory body like COREN while congratulating COREN Management for realizing such dream.

Lawal noted that the crucial importance of the Engineering profession to the development of any nation cannot be overemphasised , adding that no nation can develop its infrastructure without a well structured, nurtured and committed engineering profession.

"I have confirmed this conviction beyond mere rhetoric since I became the Minister of Works, a Ministry that utilizes the services of engineering personnel more than any other in the country," Lawal said.

Earlier in his welcome address COREN's President Engineer Habu Gumel said the commissioning of the edifice is an epoch making as it has been operating all along in various building not befitting its status as the only government regulatory body for engineering g profession.

Engr. Gumel reiterated the Council's efforts in maintaining professionalism of engineering which according to him will help curb the menace of quacks and reduce failures of engineering infrastructures and also guarantee value for money in engineering projects.

He mentioned the establishment of Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM) Programme across Nigeria as one of its major achievements, saying " under the programme, a team of senior engineering personnel visit engineering establishments to monitor and enforce compliance with the provisions of COREN law by all practitioners in Nigeria."

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