NO ROOM FOR SUBSTANDARD PROJECTS IN EKITI, SAYS FAYEMI

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The Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has declared that his
administration has zero tolerance for execution of substandard
projects.

The Governor made the declaration on Tuesday while performing the
inauguration of Ekiti State Technical Committee (ESTC) and Ekiti State
Expatriate Monitoring Committee (ESEMC) of the Engineering Regulations
in the state.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the Governor
said the inauguration of the two committees would help reduce quackery
in engineering practices in the state to the barest minimum.

A statement by the Special Assistant (Media) to the Deputy Governor,
Odunayo Ogunmola, explained that Ekiti was the eleventh state in the
federation where the two committees have been inaugurated.

The committees are to be guided by a seven-point terms of reference in
carrying out their responsibilities in upholding the ethics and
integrity of the engineering practice in the Land of Honour.

The Governor commended the council and management of the Council for
the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) in ensuring that
engineering is practised in Nigeria in accordance with relevant codes
of the practice.

Dr. Fayemi stressed that no nation can develop without engineering
describing the profession as “the bedrock for infrastructural
development which plays crucial roles in the development of our great
country.”

He said: “The inauguration of the Ekiti State Technical Committee of
the Engineering Regulations Monitoring of COREN is the birth of a new
dawn in what I consider as COREN’s effort to revolutionize the
practice of Engineering in Nigeria and domesticate the best practices
in Ekiti State.

“With this inauguration, the era of mediocrity should be gone.
Engineering must take its pride of place and be the driver in our
development effort in our state.

“Let me reiterate that on carrying out engineering projects in Ekiti
State, there will be no tolerance for quackery. In the same token, no
engineer will he allowed to supervise any project except he/she is
duly registered by COREN and possesses practising licence.”

The Governor also announced the approval of COREN’s request for an
operational vehicle, an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus and a parcel of
land for the development of COREN office in Ekiti State.

The President of COREN, Engr. Ali Rabiu, hailed the Fayemi
administration for embarking on the construction of 1,000 kilometers
of rural roads across the state which he described as an “all round
infrastructure development.”

Rabiu said the road projects are catalysts of job creation and
advancing human and social security, among other benefits to the
people of the state.

He noted that the inauguration of the committees is geared towards
ensuring that engineering is practised according to the ethics of the
profession and to enforce discipline among members.

The COREN boss stressed that monitoring of engineering projects cannot
be effective if left in the hands of engineers alone urging the
Governor to ensure that standards are complied with.

According to Rabiu, members of the two committees have been selected
based on their experience, competence, sense of patriotism among other
qualities which will ensure the maintenance of the integrity of
engineering in Ekiti.

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