Recently, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has raised concerns about the accreditation status of engineering programs at multiple Nigerian universities.
The affected institutions include the University of Abuja, Modibbo Adama University in Yola, and Ambrose Alli University in Edo State. Additionally, COREN has issued warnings regarding engineering courses at the University of Calabar and the Technical University in Ibadan.
During a press conference following COREN’s 179th ordinary meeting in Abuja, the council’s Registrar, Ademola Adisa, revealed that these universities had failed to update their licenses for various engineering courses since 2020. Consequently, the accreditation for these programs has been withdrawn, and graduates may not be recognized as engineers.
Here is a breakdown of the accreditation status for some of the mentioned universities and programs:
- University of Abuja: Chemical engineering and civil engineering accreditations expired on 26/03/2020, while electronic and mechanical engineering accreditations expired on 20/04/2022.
- Modibbo Adama University: Agricultural engineering failed accreditation, and civil and electrical engineering accreditations expired on 11/10/2020. Additionally, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering accreditations both expired on 10/03/2021.
Furthermore, COREN emphasized that the University of Calabar in Cross River State and Technical University Ibadan in Oyo State ran unaccredited engineering programs. These programs had not received approval or resource verification from COREN.
COREN has officially notified these universities of the accreditation issues and urged them to rectify the situation. Failure to do so may result in the blacklisting of these institutions, and graduates from their engineering programs may not be recognized as engineering practitioners.
As a provisional signatory to the Washington Accord, COREN is committed to regulating engineering education in Nigeria to meet global standards. Ensuring the accreditation of engineering programs is vital for maintaining a register of qualified engineers and promoting sustainable development in the country.
COREN also reminded all engineering practitioners to obtain their annual licenses for 2023 in compliance with Nigerian laws governing engineering practices to avoid potential sanctions. The council’s actions aim to enhance the quality of engineering education in Nigeria and promote the development of qualified engineering professionals.
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