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COREN: UniAbuja, UniCal, others running unaccredited engineering programmes

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) says the University of Abuja, Modibbo Adama University in Yola, and Ambrose Alli University in Edo State do not have authorized engineering programmes and are therefore unqualified to produce engineering graduates.

The council also informed guardians and parents of prospective students that all engineering programmes at the Technical University of Ibadan and the University of Calabar had been illegally implemented without resource verification, pre-accreditation, or authorization from the regulatory body.

Ademola Adisa, the council’s registrar, stated at a press conference on the outcomes of the council’s 179th ordinary meeting that the five universities have refused to update their licenses for a variety of engineering courses since 2020, leading to the withdrawal of accreditation and non-recognition of its programmes.

He said the University of Abuja was running chemical engineering and civil engineering accreditation whose accreditation expired on 26/03/2020, while electronic engineering and mechanical engineering’s accreditation expired on 20/04/2022.

According to him, Modibbo Adama University’s agricultural engineering failed accreditation, while civil engineering, elect/elect engineering expired on 11/10/2020.

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It added that the chemical engineering and mechanical engineering both expired on 10/03/2021.

He also said the University of Calabar in Cross River State and Technical University Ibadan, Oyo State, were running illegal engineering programmes that were not accredited by COREN.

The Registrar, who spoke on behalf of the council President, Sadiq Abubakar, stated, “The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria in its commitment towards ensuring that engineering is regulated in Nigeria in line with global best practice to improve the quality of life and promote sustainable development, is hereby notifying the general public that the following universities are running engineering programmes with expired accreditation status:

Ademola noted that the universities had been notified officially to rectify the abnormalities, adding that failure to rectify their non-accreditation status would result in blacklisting them and graduates of their engineering programmes would not be recognized for registration as engineering practitioners.

The registrar explained that as a provisional signatory to the Washington Accord, the council must ensure quality assurance through the proper accreditation of engineering programmes in all tertiary institutions and maintain a register of qualified engineers to improve the quality of life and promote sustainable development in the country.

He reminded all engineering practitioners to obtain their annual licenses for 2023 in compliance with Nigerian laws governing engineering practices or face sanctions.

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