President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Engineers Registration Amendment Act, 2019, giving constitutional backing to the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) absolute power to regulate the sector.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang gave the indication while addressing State House correspondents yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Enang explained that the amendment broadens the powers of COREN with far-reaching powers of prosecution of infractions, regulating industrial training of Engineers, capacity building of local content in Nigeria engineering industry among others.
He noted that the new law grants COREN powers to prosecute any person or firm found to have contravened the provisions of the Act in a court of competent jurisdiction. It will also oversee industrial training schemes in engineering practitioners and students while ensuring capacity building and monitoring local content development in the Nigerian engineering industry through mandatory attachment of Nigerians to expatriate engineers on major projects to understudy.
Other prospects of the new Act include that all foreign engineering firms establish their design offices in Nigeria, as well as granting compulsory attestation to all expatriate quota for engineering practitioners. The Act equally empowers COREN to regulate turnkey project, that there are no qualified and competent Nigerians for the job in question at the time of application and that granting of the expatriate quota shall be contingent on training of such number of persons as may be required for the execution of the job.The Act is coming few weeks after a school building collapsed in Lagos, sending many to their early graves.