Council For the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, (COREN) Communique Issued at the End of the COREN 27th Engineering Assembly
Posted: 17/Oct/2018

 PREAMBLE

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) held its 27th Engineering Assembly at the International Conference Centre, Abuja from Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th August, 2018. To situate the discourse within an appropriate body of knowledge and practice, the theme adopted for the Assembly, was “The Nigerian Built Industry: Building a sustainable structure with Allied professionals." Each infrastructure project has its own set of challenges; each project team is unique. Architects, Engineers, Builders, General Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers all bring their own goals and cultures to the team. It is expected that a project team should work together to produce a quality product/infrastructure, build according to plan and specifications, and deliver the product/infrastructure on time for the budgeted cost.

The Special Guest of Honour invited at the Opening Ceremony was His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR (FNSE), President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, represented by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman Adamu, FNSE. The Chief Host was the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, represented by Engr. Sunday Julius Olurinola. The Host was the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alh. Muhammad Musa Bello represented by the Executive Secretary of Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, Engr. U.G. Jibrin, FNSE. The opening ceremony was chaired by His Excellency, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, FNIA, the Executive Governor of Taraba State and co-chaired by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, FCA, the Executive Governor of Lagos State.

The Keynote Address, titled “The Nigerian Built Industry: Building a sustainable structure with Allied professionals" was presented by Barr. Nta Ekpo Esq former ICPC Chairman and Commissioner at the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

Other Special Guests Present:
i. Barr. Abdul -Rahim Adebayo, Honorable Minister of Communication
ii. Engr. Nasiru A., Dantata Executive Director Dantata Sawoe, Abuja
iii. Engr. Prof. E.O Aluyo, Ag. Vice Chancellor Edo University, Iyamho
iv. Arc. Gabriel Y. Aduku OON, Past President NIA/ARCON
v. Engr. S.U. Adedoyin, former DG. NDE
vi. Engr. Rear Admiral Durojaiye Ajatoye, Representing Chief of
vii. Engr. Felicia Agubata, APWEN President

The Sub-Theme papers presented were:

  • “International Construction Measurement Standards: Global consistency in presenting construction cost" by Ruya Tambaya Fadason FNIQS 
  • “Promoting Sustainable Built Environment for Nigeria: The role of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Professionals" by Dr. Arc. Evelyn Lami Ashelo Allu, FNIA
  • “Implementing Secure Architecture for Industrial Control Systems" by Engr. Abiodun Odewale, MNSE, MNIEEE.
  • “The effect of participation of indigenous Contractors in the construction industry: Political and Economic consequences” by Otunba Muyiwa Ibeun,FCE
  • “Building information modelling adoption and its opportunities in the Nigerian Construction industry" by Engr. Mansur Hamma-adama

Arbitration: Sola Epharaim Oluwanuga
The 27th Engineering Assembly was well organised and held successfully. There were also syndicate meetings of Professional Associations and other Stakeholders, otherwise called the Engineering Family Forum. Issues relating to the harmonious working relationship within the family was emphasized. The Assembly was attended by Four thousand, nine hundred and ninety four (4,994) participants which comprised of 3,700 Engineers, 287 Technologists, 58 Technicians, 46 Craftsmen and 9 Non Engineering Personnel. Also in attendance were Two hundred and sixty one (261) Spouses, other invited guests and stakeholders from all walks of life. The annual Engineering Assembly is the biggest gathering of engineering professionals aimed at evaluating, discussing and proffering solutions to issues of interest to members of the engineering family and the nation at large.

OBSERVATIONS/RECOMMENDATIONS:
At the end of the 27m Engineering Assembly the following observations/ recommendations were made: 
1. The Assembly observed that formulation and monitoring of collaborative initiatives/mechanisms within the built environment is very important to promote sustainability of the sector in Nigeria.

The Assembly recommends that, as it has been done in many other climes, collaboration between Architects and Engineers and indeed other professionals (Builders, Town Planners, Land Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Estate Surveyors and Lawyers) in the built environment at the conceptual stage of a project/ infrastructure where critical project/infrastructures shaping decisions can be made easily should be strictly adhered to.

2. The Assembly observed that each infrastructure project has its own set of challenges; each project team is unique. Architects, Engineers, Builders, General Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers all bring their own goals and cultures to the team. It also observed that coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

The Assembly recommends that continuous organised fora that bring together the Professionals in the built industry should be pursued with vigour and commends COREN for this initiative. Assembly also encourages the professionals to go beyond the collaboration currently being carried out with the professional and regulatory bodies (NIA/ARCON, NIOB/CORBON, NSE/COREN). 

3. The Assembly observed that Capacity building initiatives are needed to encourage sectoral traditional shift to the sustainability paradigm for sustainable development. It recommends reorientations for AEC professionals to think and act sustainably. Improve current knowledge through Continuous Development Programmes (CDPs) and or re-training of AEC professionals on sustainability and options available to practitioners.

4. The Assembly observed that the objective of the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) is to provide global consistency in classifying, defining, measuring. analyzino and presenting the entire construction costs at a project, regional, state, national or international level. ICMS are cost classification system and can be used for any purpose agreed between a Client and a service provider.

The Assembly noted that never has a single standard document sought to combine all elements of construction been put forward. As property, construction and infrastructure continue to increase globally in extent and Operation, there is need for international consistency in a document as fundamental as construction cost classification.

The Assembly also noted that measurement guidelines and definitions vary considerably between countries, linking ICMS with International Property Measurement Standards  (IPMS) to provide a valuable tool for overcoming these inconsistencies; all professionals in the built industry should key into the ICMS The assembly recommends that the Federal Government should embrace the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) as a structured format for classifying, analyzing and presenting construction costs in a consistent and transparent manner in line with international best practices.

5. The Assembly highly commends the Federal Government for the promulgation of the “Presidential Executive Order Five" which gives clear preference to Nigerian companies, firms, and indigenous professionals with requisite expertise in the planning, design and execution of projects, programmes and contracts that have Science, Engineering and Technology components. The Assembly calls for immediate and full implementation of this executive order to ensure sustainable national development.

6. The Assembly also noted with delight the introduction of a “Margin of Preference" in National competitive bidding and evaluation of Tenders from indigenous suppliers of goods manufactured locally over foreign goods and calls for de- emphasis on the amount of company turnover required during the contract award bidding process in order to give more opportunities to indigenous companies with requisite technical capacity. This will result in enhanced capacity of indigenous firms and professionals, improved employment generation and GDP.

7. The Assembly observed the low level of adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the construction industry occasioned by lack of trained personnel and awareness within the professional stakeholders The Assembly recommends use of BIM as one of the tools to overcome the numerous challenges facing the construction industry such as building collapse, late project delivery and cost overrun.

8. The Assembly commends the leadership of COREN for its enumerated achievement:
i. Intemationalization of our Engineering qualifications towards creating mobility for Nigerian indigenous Engineering practitioners (the FEIAP membership).
ii. Advances in her quest for a professional signatory status of the Washington Accord (A member of the International Engineering Alliance).
iii. Approval of the two Vital Regulations in the areas of licensing of Engineering Firms in:

  • Consulting Engineering;
  • Engineering Contracting;
  • Engineering Manufacturing and Production;
  • Engineering Service Provision;
  • Vendoring of Engineering Machines, Equipment, Plants and Materials;
  • Fabrication] Repair and Maintenance

iv. Also for the Regulation on the Construction industry including all construction and Engineering works for the provision of infrastructure.
v. The Assembly commends the effort of CODET in encouraging Students/Young Engineers through healthy competitions among Nigerian Universities.
vi. The Assembly also commends the collaborations in the sponsorships of these competitions with special note on endowment of award for Best Research Project for Final Year Project in Nigerian Universities by Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) among some others.
The Assembly commended the leadership of COREN for their spirited effort toward the promotion of engineering practice without borders.

In conclusion, the participants commended the efforts of COREN for organizing this thought-provoking Assembly.

Signed:
Engr. W. Kamila Malik FNSE, mini
Registrar, COREN