The Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) has warned engineers in the country to desist from corrupt practices, saying anyone found wanting will be sanctioned. National President of the council, Engineer Kashim A. Ali, gave the warning in Kano yesterday at the inauguration of Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM) for Kano, Jigawa and Katsina inspectorates.
Ali said engineers must embrace the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, to salvage the country.
“We have noticed that over 90 per cent of the nation’s appropriation goes to engineering projects. Any engineer involved in any corrupt practice directly or indirectly will be severely sanctioned,” he said.
He suggested that all engineering firms should obtain COREN practicing license as condition for pre-qualification for any engineering job in Nigeria.
Also speaking, National President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Engineer Ademola Isaac Olurunfemi, said for the country to achieve strict adherence to high ethical values in engineering, stakeholders must pay attention to regulation and monitoring.
He said: “The essence of establishment of NSE is for the advancement of engineering practice; and our forbearers, in their wisdom, mainstreamed various critical elements of control into the practice in order to uphold the dignity of practitioners and the profession.”
He said the Society would on November 17, 2015 present Nigeria’s maiden infrastructure scorecard to President Buhari.
Meanwhile, 404 new inspectors from Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states were inducted into the Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM) at the occasion.