Uyo building collapse: COREN to investigate contractor

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), in conjunction with the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), has constitute an investigative team to unravel the cause of the collapse of Reigners Bible Church building, Uyo, in Akwa-Ibom State.

The President of the council, Engr Kashim Abdul Ali, informing newsmen in Abuja, said at the end of the investigation, a conclusion would be reached as to why the unfortunate breakdown of the building happened, adding that If the incident is found to be man-made, the engineers concerned will be pulled out and brought to book.

Recall that the said building reportedly collapsed at about 12 pm on Saturday, 10th December, 2016.

He said, “The roof collapsed from its centre and trapped many, especially those seated at the centre floor. The exact figure is not yet known but official police report has put the death toll at 29, and the wounded at 37.

He said research conducted into all the collapsed building cases in the country shows that less than 1% of those involved were engineering personnel, warning the public against engaging quacks and nonregistered engineers.

On the outcome of the recently held last quarter meeting and what COREN has done for the year 2016, Engr Ali said the council carried out direct accreditation of engineering programmes in Universities and in Polytechnics in collaboration with the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

According to him, 68 Universities were visited; out of which 42 programmes were granted full accreditation while 26 had interim accreditation.

He informed that “council has approved that the products of two programmes of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, I.e. Agric and Bioresources Engineering and Polymer and Textile engineering which were hitherto unaccredited will not be registered and hence cannot practise engineering in Nigeria.”

He enjoined the general public to ensure they go for only accredited programmes to avoid any embarrassment at the end.

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