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` Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.

NSE calls for restructuring of Engineering curriculum

` Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.
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Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.
AGENE GODWIN Benin

Apparently disturbed by cases of defects in engineering works and practices in Nigeria, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has advocated that the practice of engineering should be chartered like several other professions to enhance professional conduct.

President of NSE, Engr Otis Anyaeji stated this at the 1st Public Lecture Series of Edo University, Iyahmo, Etsako West local government area.

He said a bill titled Nigerian Society of Engineers Chartered Establishment bill 2016 is already before the National Assembly.

Speaking on the topic “Engineering Education, Regulation and Practice” Anyaeji also said there was need to entrench professionalism in the profession with the right curriculum in schools. “The Nigerian Engineers have now realised that if he had opted for a Charter status for the engineering profession in 1970, the funding burden by government would have been averted and the situation where he that pays the piper dictates the tune would have been prevented as government will only be obliged to provide subventions.”

He said the bill if passed would regulate, control, enforce and determine the standard knowledge to be attained by people who want to be chartered engineers.

He lamented that there are contemporary issues bedeviling the growth of engineering which he lamented included non-inclusion of engineers in engineering matters. “There are concerns that not much has changed since the first communiqué of NSE Conference held from December 10 to 14 1968 as conference after conference, the very same issues are repeated and have remained insurmountable.”
He said the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has not been able to meet its core mandate adding that engineering professionals are losing trust and confidence in the ability of engineering bodies to pursue welfare and policy issues that would ensure jobs and give young engineers a bright future.
He said it was paradoxical that the regulator of the practice of engineering is a parastatal of government (COREN). This, he said, has not guaranteed the independence required to deliver on standards but hoped the Charter status if achieved could correct this.
The NSE president said there is a weak “academia-industry-government partnership for advancement of engineering education and practice in Nigeria” as evidenced in low quality graduates and their being employable.
Earlier in his speech, Acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Emmanuel Aluyor said though the school is young but it already prides itself as a world class university with state of the art facilities second to none in Nigeria and that the dream of the University is to ensure that every graduate from the institution would not only be employable but would be equipped to become employers of labour. “Consequently, entrepreneurship development is a major part of our curriculum,” he said.
In his remarks, the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Patrick Obahiagbon said the state government would continue to support the institution to meet the dream of its founding father.

Dignitaries at the event included traditional rulers from Edo North, members of the academia from various tertiary institutions across the state, students, community leaders, political leaders and appointees.

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