Works Ministry Promises Enhanced Collaboration with COREN for Engineering Practice Advancement

Taiwo Ajayi
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The Honourable Minister of Works, Engr. David Umahi, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Ministry of Works to strengthen its collaboration with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria COREN to foster the development of engineering practice in Nigeria.

The Minister, during a courtesy visit on Tuesday by the leadership of COREN, led by Engr. Prof. Sadiq Zubair Abubaker, expressed his commitment to actively engage with COREN and other engineering affiliates to uphold professional standards and promote excellence in the field.

Sen. Umahi emphasized the significance of partnering with COREN to enhance professional ethics and uphold standards in engineering practice. He underscored the need for regulatory bodies to take decisive action in cases of professional misconduct, stressing the vital role of COREN in ensuring discipline within the engineering profession.


“It is our intention to work with COREN and all other engineering affiliates, we will like to work with you as we have so far carried you along very well incorporating you into  a number of our committees and you have responded positively,” Umahi said.

Highlighting the role of COREN, he said “I do believe strongly that the engineering body should do more; there is supposed to be action where professional ethics are breached.”

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Continuing, the minister asserted that “there should be punitive action taken that will help in promoting professional ethics and ultimately leading to promoting engineering service as in the case of other professions like Law.”

The Minister called for strict rules similar to those in other professions, like Law, highlighting how important it is for organizations overseeing engineering to make sure the work environment is conducive for providing engineering services.

“If the engineering bodies should do their work of ensuring the discipline of our profession, then we can get a better practice, a better society. The people you fail to supervise today are going to be the ones to build the bridges we will use tomorrow; that is the danger if we don’t do our own part to ensure that the professional ethics are enforced, ” the Minister submitted.

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In his remarks, Engr. Prof Sadiq Zubair Abubaker, President of COREN, commended the Honourable Minister for his proactive approach towards infrastructural development in Nigeria. He pledged COREN’s continuous support and collaboration with the Ministry to advance engineering practice in the country.

In the delegation of COREN were the Registrar of COREN, Engr. Prof. Adisa Bello; the Head of Finance and Accounts, Lawan Mariri. Others include Engr Ahmed Kutigi, and Engr. Teah Andrew Onyilo.

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