By Our Reporter. Governor of Nasarawa state Engr Abdullahi A. Sule has inaugurated the Nasarawa State Technical Committee and the Nasarawa State Expatriate Monitoring Committee on Engineering Regulations and Monitoring (ERM) to ensure compliance to all engineering regulations in the state.
Engr Sule who Inaugurate the committees at Government House Lafia today Tuesday observed that Engineering is the fulcrum for all meaningful development adding ‘considering the policy direction of this Administration on infrastructural development, this occasion is apt and timely’
He noted in view of the emerging challenges of building collapse in the country, with attendant effects on human lives and property, it becomes incumbent on Government to evolve strategies to address this phenomenon. Accordingly, he said his government constituted these Committees to guide against these unfortunate situation.
‘I need to state that members of these Committees were selected based on their records of experience, commitment, dedication, hard work, professionalism, patriotism and pedigrees’ ‘I charge you, therefore, to live above board and justify Government confidence reposed in you. You must carry out your assignment with due diligence, devoid of any sentiment or favouritism’ Gov Sule further stressed.
He pointed out that in carrying out its responsibilities, the Committees are to be guided by the following terms of reference:
To locate, document Organisations and personnel and report to Registrar; to verify and monitor the professional competence of Works Approval Officers; to act as COREN watchdogs on maintenance, upholding Engineering codes of practice in public works, prohibit default and ensure that all such works are in accordance with Engineering design and specification by Registered Engineer; to verify that all organisations working in the area of Engineering contracting have at least an active Registered Engineer on their Board of Directors; to observe and report cases of non-adherence to approved Engineering Codes of Practice in respect of Public and Private works to the Registrar and to report all defaulters and contravention of COREN ACT to the Registrar as well as verify that all Engineering Practitioners (local and foreign) in the Engineering Organisations have valid COREN Practicing License.
Engr Sule who reiterate that in carrying out engineering projects in Nasarawa State, there will be no tolerance for quackery, however, stressed that no engineer will be allowed to supervise any project except duly registered by COREN and possesses appropriate practicing license which shall be a condition for prequalification by all companies assigned to carry out engineering projects in the State. While urging the Committees to come up with stringent regulations that will guide the ethics and practices of the profession, as well as adherence to project specifications, Gov Sule commended Engineering Regulations Monitoring (ERM) for the choice of Nasarawa as the pioneer State to inaugurate the programme among the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation, saying ‘this will go a long way in adding value for money in engineering projects’. He then gave an assurance that the state government will continue to provide conducive environment to enable the Engineering profession achieve its noble objectives of entrenching standards for quality delivery of projects.
Coronavirus pandemic otherwise known as COVID-19 which has shut down the world economy with number of infected persons kept increasing on daily basis,Engr Sule observed that the state government took measures in order to control and contain the spread of this virus in Nasarawa State. ‘ ‘ The measures may be difficult for the residents but it remain the best approach to curb the spread of the pandemic. I appeal to all and sundry to adhere strictly to the measures imposed towards reducing the spread of the disease in the State’ he further stressed.