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FG Urges COREN to Address Building Collapse Issues in Nigeria

The Federal Government has called on the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) to take necessary measures to curb the recurring incidents of building collapses in the country.

During a visit by COREN members, Mr. Mahmuda Mamman, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Housing, emphasized the need for the council to devise effective strategies and enforce mandatory monitoring of construction activities. This approach would ensure that Nigerians can reside in structurally sound buildings without the fear of collapse.

Mamman acknowledged COREN as a regulatory body under the federal government, entrusted with the responsibility and authority to oversee and regulate building standards in Nigeria. He highlighted a perceived disconnect between Nigerian engineers and COREN, urging the council to promptly find a solution to address the situation.

Furthermore, Mamman encouraged all engineering regulatory bodies to collaborate and engage with the Ministry of Finance, particularly concerning the recent federal government policy directive of self-funding for such organizations.

He suggested exploring the possibility of implementing levies to generate revenue to support COREN’s operations.

The permanent secretary stressed the importance of COREN developing actionable plans and guidelines by revisiting its strategies to reposition the council for enhanced performance and impactful services to the Nigerian populace.

During the meeting, Prof. Adisa Bello, the Registrar of COREN, briefed the permanent secretary on the council’s activities.

He explained that COREN initially operated as the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria, serving as a registration body for engineers.

However, with the expansion of its functions in 1992, which encompassed the regulation and control of the engineering profession, the name was changed to Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), while retaining the acronym.

According to the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), a total of 62 buildings collapsed, either partially or fully, in 2022 alone.

Eddy Atumonyogo, the immediate past President of BCPG, revealed this information during the Guild’s Annual General Meeting held virtually on December 27, 2022.

He further stated that between October 1974 and November 2022, Nigeria recorded 541 incidents of building collapse. Among the states, Lagos had the highest number of incidents with 322, followed by Anambra (20), Oyo (19), Abuja (18), and others.

The call for COREN to address the issue of building collapses aligns with the urgent need to ensure public safety, enhance building standards, and prevent further loss of lives and property in Nigeria.

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