Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has urged the Engineering Regulation Monitoring Inspectorate of the Nigerian Society of Engineers to point out lapses in government projects in order to prevent their failure.
The governor said this at a dinner he organised for the engineers in honour of the Chairman of the Osogbo branch of the NSE, Mr. Adeniran Ibitoye.
Earlier in the day, the ERM was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by the NSE President, Mr. Ademola Olorunfemi; and President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, Mr. Kashim Ali.
The governor showered encomiums on Ibitoye for his activities to uplift the NSE in the state.
Aregbesola said, “I want to charge the society to make use of the newly inaugurated Engineering Regulation Monitoring Inspectorate in checking the lapses of the government.
“Engineers should go beyond practising only engineering, but must be more concerned about their people and be focused to make impact in the society by alerting the government to any small fault so as to prevent total collapse of buildings and other infrastructure.
“The ERM members should be more involved and concerned themselves with all engineering projects of government and the private sector.”
Olorunfemi charged members of the ERM to avoid sharp practices while carrying out their assignment and urged them to demonstrate absolute honesty and work hard in the overall interest of the nation.
The COREN president commended Aregbesola for embarking on massive infrastructural development in the state.
Ali said the governor’s efforts were fast transforming the state and berated the current system of administration of the country, which he said had left the major sectors of the economy in hands of foreigners.
According to him, most of the project should be handled by indigenous engineers, adding that this would give them opportunities to develop technically.
Ibitoye said the NSE had signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission check quackery and building collapse by stopping underhand dealing by some contractors parading as engineers for the purpose of securing contracts, especially from government establishments.
Ibitoye said, “The NSE is worried about collapse of buildings in the country and the national leadership of the society is doing everything to put an end to this.
“Let me tell you the NSE has signed MoU with the EFCC and the ICPC. This will help to arrest those who are using fake certificates and posing as engineers but who are not. Some contractors use fake certificates for unqualified persons because they know there must be engineers in their firms before they can qualify for the award of contracts by the government.
“Their illegal activities contribute to incessant collapse of buildings in the country and the attendant loss of lives and resources. This must stop.”