Stakeholders Kick Against Bill Seeking To Establish Chartered Institute of Electrical And Electronics Engineering

Stakeholders in the engineering sector have urged the National Assembly to drop the idea of establishing the Chartered Institute of electrical and electronics engineering of Nigeria, in order to avoid a chaotic atmosphere as it regards the regulation of the activities of engineers in the country.

The condemnation of the proposed plan was made at a public hearing organised by the Senate committee on establishment and public service where the Bill for an Act to establish the chartered Institute of electrical and electronics engineering of Nigeria and for other related matters connected thereto 2021 was debated.

Addressing members of the Senate committee during the public hearing, officials and members of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria COREN, a regulatory body of engineers in the country, called on the lawmakers to dump the Bill, adding that it failed to take into cognisance the supreme role played by COREN in regulating the activities of engineers in Nigeria.

Others who warned against the creation of the proposed institute includes representatives of the National Communication Commission (NCC), National Universities Commission (NUC), Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) amongst others.

Sponsor of the Bill, Senator Umar Sadiq (APC Kwara North) said the creation of the chartered Institute of electrical and electronics engineering is in line with international best practices in the area of engineering, adding that the sector is too wide to be left to COREN alone as it was necessary that Nigerians should begin to get interested in details rather than superfluous arrangements.

However, the representative of the standard organization of Nigeria (SON) Kuma Mo, said section 1(2d) of the proposed Bill which deals with standardization and certification of products and equipment infringes on the mandate of SON, which is the body recognized by law to regulate standards.

Addressing newsmen after the public hearing, registrar of COREN, Prof Joseph Odigure said regulation is key in a sane society devoid of chaos and disorder; "we want Nigerians to recognize the fact that COREN is the apex organisation and anything contrary as indicated in the Bill should not be allowed."

While elaborating on their demand, former registrar of COREN Engr Kamila Malik said; "Our prayer is that the Bill should be rejected, and the reason why we want it rejected is that much as we recognize the National Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, they are an institution under the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and there are twenty three others. 

"On the regulation of engineering, the sole person that is allowed to do it and as recognized by the amendment that was just done two years ago by the National Assembly, is COREN, we have a new law which we are putting to test, just two years old. If there had been any issue they should have come together that time but now we have a new law which has just been tested for two years. The Bill should be rejected and they should be refered back to their society of engineers, whatever they have as complain can come as a regulation in COREN"

The Senate committee on establishment and public service, chaired by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (APC Kano Central) is expected to submit the report of the public hearing to plenary at the conclusion of it's legislative work on the Bill.

   

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