Builders have been advised to always employ the services of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) certified engineers to avert building collapse.
Chairman, COREN-ERM, Anambra State Technical and Expatriate Committee, Victor Meju gave the advice during an audience participatory programme at Kpakpando 101.9 FM, Mbaukwu, Anambra State.
Discussing the topic, ‘ Building Collapse’, Sir Meju explained that COREN is a certified body empowered to accredit training institutions and regulate the practice of engineers, technologist, technicians and craftsmen in Nigeria.
Meju, who recounted the risk of using quacks to build houses hinted that a quack is someone who dishonestly claims that he or she acquire requisite knowledge in a particular discipline but has certificate to show for it.
To tackle quackery in engineering profession as well end the cases of incessant building collapse in the state and country at large, the COREN- ERM, Anambra State Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria will on November,10, 2022, hold a powerful sensitisation workshop at Hilton leisure Hotel, Awka, to educate craftsmen , technicians, engineers, technologists, among others, the need for them to use the services of COREN certified engineers to erect their buildings and as well, shun engaging quacks to build their houses for them..
In their separate remarks, Chukwujekwu Okafor and Anayo Akabuogu also stated categorically that no person is permitted to answer engineer when they are not licensed.
The duo frowned at the activities of rod vendors that sold 14 mm steel to customers instead of 16mm rods, enumerating some factors militating against building collapse to include, government factor, material and human factors, as well as low or poor designs of foundations, client construction syndrome etc.
The chairman of COREN commended Governor Chukwuma Soludo for championing the cause of reducing incessant building collapse in the state and country, while they want engineers to collaborate with COREN.