President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Engineers (Registration etc) Amendment Act, 2019.
Briefing newsmen on the assent in Abuja yesterday, the presidential aide on National Assembly (Senate), Sen Ita Enang, said the principal Act establishes the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
“The amendment now assented to by Mr. President broadens the powers of COREN with far-reaching powers of prosecution of infractions, regulating industrial training of Engineers, capacity building of local content in Nigeria engineering industry.
“Specifically, the new law grants COREN powers of prosecuting any person or firm that contravenes the provisions of this Act in a court of competent jurisdiction, regulating industrial training schemes in engineering practitioners and students, Ensuring capacity building and monitoring local content development in the Nigerian engineering industry through, mandatory attachment of Nigerians to expatriate engineers on major projects to understudy them from inception, among others,” he said.
The amendment states that the Directorate of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) shall ensure posting of graduate engineers and technologists to places of relevant professional engineering experience.