The Nasarawa State Government has inaugurated a technical committee to find solution to the rising cases of building collapse.
The state governor, Abdullahi Sule, inaugurated the committee on Tuesday, in Lafia.
The governor who is also an engineer said the Nasarawa state Expatriate Regulation and Monitoring Committee (NERMC) is the fulcrum for meaningful development.
He stressed that his administration’s policy direction on infrastructural development is akin to Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) standard.
According to him, the emerging challenges of building collapse in the country with attendant effect on human lives and property became imperative and incumbent on government to evolve strategies to addressing the phenomenon by constituting a committee that would guide against the unfortunate situation.
“I need to state here that members of these committees were selected based on their records of experience, commitment, dedication, hardworking, professionalism, patriotism and pedigree.
“I, therefore, charge you to live above board and justify government confidence reposed on you by carrying out your assignments with due diligence devoid of any sentiments or favouritism and to act as COREN watch dogs on maintenance, upholding engineering code of practice in public works ” the governor said.
He reiterated that, in carrying out engineering projects in Nasarawa state, there will be no tolerance for quackery, just as no engineer will be allowed to supervised any project except dully registered by COREN.
Speaking, President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr Ali Rabiu said that the monitoring committee was first introduced in 1997 with the mandate of ensuring all engineering activities in the country follow laid down guidelines of COREN.
He commended Governor Sule for attaching premium to the infrastructural development in Nasarawa state.
The COREN President charged all engineering firms to obtain practicing licence so as to be able to function, just as he called the members of the committees being inaugurated to be equal to the task as was corroborated by the Registrar of COREN, Professor, Joseph Figure.
ExpressDay reports that the event is in furtherance of the commitment of the State Government’s focus on strengthening the capacity of engineering, hence the inauguration of the state Technical Committee to be chaired by Engr. Adamu Ode, as well as the Expatriate Monitoring Committee.