Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has appealed to the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) to put in place strict penalties for erring Engineers in the country.
Making the appeal during a visit by the President of the Council and his team to Minna, Bello expressed concern over the rising cases of building collapse across the country.
He lamented the cases of collapse and losses recorded as a result of compromising standards by Engineers in the nation.
According to him,” when erring engineers are identified and sanctioned accordingly, it would help change the narrative”
” I want to assure COREN of my continued support in view of the benefits of partnering with the Council in the area of infrastructural development”.
Earlier, the President, COREN, Ali Rabiu, told the governor that they were in Minna for the inauguration of the state technical committee of COREN to monitor all engineering projects in the state to ensure engineering is practised in accordance with global standards.
Rabiu explained that most of the building collapse and low standard of road projects are mostly due to the involvement of quacks, noting,” the Council has a mechanism of sanctioning members that commit infractions and will not hesitate to activate it whenever any member is found wanting”.
The President also revealed,” the state technical committee is to be established in all the 36 states of the federation and so far, Niger State is the 18th to be inaugurated.
With the Committee in Niger State, there would be value for money as regards infrastructural development”, he maintained.