The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) intensifies strategies to eliminate corruption and quackery in the engineering profession.
Last Friday ICPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) to reduce corrupt practices and eliminate quacks from the engineering profession in order to minimize frequent collapse of buildings and other engineering failure with its attendant socio-economic loss to Nigeria.
Mr. Ekpo Nta, ICPC Chairman at the signing ceremony at the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja said the MOU became necessary due to the high level of quacks. It would also stem corrupt practices in engineering practice at the various stages of design, contracting and supervision by registered professionals.
Mr Nta called on COREN members to ensure that the activities of its members were adequately regulated and pledged the support of ICPC to ensure that non-engineers “present fake professional documentation or impersonate Engineers while bidding for government contracts”.
He said ICPC would continue to partner with all professional bodies to ensure they enforce professional ethics and closely monitor their members to avoid incidences of corrupt practices.
The ICPC boss cautioned against falsification of annual audited records and tax clearance certificates among members of COREN and the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) and other professional bodies because quite a number of offenders were facing prosecution.
He challenged COREN to come up with system designs that would reduce corruption through good practices and flow charts adding that it was better to prevent corruption than to prosecute.
In his remarks, Engr. Kashim Ali, President of COREN attributed the negative perception about the profession to quackery and added that the effective implementation of the MOU would reduce the menace.
He admitted that COREN was already in partnership with the Corporate Affairs Commission to ensure that quacks were denied registration as engineers.
According to him,” we have a tribunal in place but the challenge before us is that the offenders are not part of COREN and we don’t have jurisdiction over them.”
He appealed for better utilisation of registered Nigerian engineers as this would no doubt reduce corruption in the system.
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