Sanctions against erring engineers should be regular – Fashola

The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Tuesday, said unprofessional or unethical engineers should be promptly sanctioned.

The sanction, which he said, should be in accordance with the rule of law, according to him, is to prevent them from adversely affecting the national prosperity objectives.

Fashola spoke at the 29th Engineering Assembly Organised by the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in Abuja.

Represented by the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engineer Mohammed Abubakar Aliyu, Fashola, who commended COREN for de-registering some engineers for unprofessional conducts, said such sanctions should be regular to serve as deterrent to others.

He said: “I learnt that some engineers were recently de-registered for professional misconduct to serve as a deterrent for others. I believe these sanctions need to be carried out regularly and it is necessary to avoid infrastructure failures. Engineer stands out as any deviation from absolute compliance to professional ethics or misconduct affects safety and security of lives.

The minister stated that COREN as the regulatory body has a critical role to play in this regard.

In his address, the president of COREN, Engr. Ali Rabiu, said the council was planning to institute continuing professional development (CPD) as a compulsory requirement for all practitioners applying for a practice licence.

According to him, CDP is an engineering context that, when introduced, is particularly aimed at ensuring the systematic improvement and broadening of knowledge, skill and development of personal qualities for execution of professional and technical duties throughout a practitioner’s working life.

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