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99 percent of collapsed buildings not handled by engineers — COREN

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The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has disclosed that about 99 percent of buildings that collapsed in Nigeria were not handled by engineers.

COREN President, Ali Rabiu, said this, yesterday, at the Second Engr. Kashim Ali Public Lecture, organised by the Auchi branch of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) at Edo University, Iyamoh, Edo State.

He said: “We are worried about building collapse in the country, and government has given us a new law that empowers us to create more departments for engineering regulations and monitoring. This will give us a leeway to be more effective in monitoring engineering projects.

“ In almost 99 percent of investigations we carried out on building collapse in the country, our engineers were not involved.”

To stem the tide of building collapse, he said the law has empowered the council to prosecute those responsible, whether engineers or not, and that before now, the law only empowered them to prosecute engineers, who are registered COREN members.

According to him, lack of government’s patronage of Nigerian engineers and their products, as identified by speakers during the lecture, has been a challenge to the development of the engineering profession.

Guest lecturer, Michael Faborode, said local technology development was the way forward for the nation to get out of the economic and technological challenges confronting it.


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