… Says on no account should more qualified Nigerians be made to play second fiddle in construction sites.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa wants expertise and meritocracy recognized as he inaugurates the State Technical Committee STC and Expatriate Monitoring Committee EMC of the Engineering Regulations Monitoring at the Government House, Asaba.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa represented by the State Deputy Governor, Barrister Kingsley Burutu Otuaro said the bodies will ensure engineering practice meets the highest standards in the state.
To stem the tide of regular collapse of buildings and bridges in various parts of the country, he said the inauguration of the two bodies is key.
“ It is a step in the right direction that the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) is setting up both the State Technical Committee, STC, and Expatriate Monitoring Committee, EMC, to oversee the practice of engineering in the State.
I commend COREN for this proactive step. COREN has the burden of regulating and controlling the practice of engineering in the country”….. Otuaro stated
The State number two man urged members of the newly inaugurated committees to discharge their responsibilities without fear or favour.
Otuaro advised them to ensure that less qualified expatriates do not deny qualified Nigerians the opportunity to function.
In his words “You should feel free to visit construction sites to ensure that those supervising are eminently qualified while the quality of materials being used must also meet the highest standards.
You should be bold also to assert that both firms and their expatriate staff comply with the relevant engineering laws. Every stage of their jobs should be certified”… Otuaro
In his remarks the President of COREN represented by COREN Council Member, Engr. Cyril Onyeneke thanked Governor Okowa for his giant strides in infrastructural development; road construction and erosion control in the state.
He said the Okowa led government is putting up structures across the state that will stand the test of time.