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Reforms: COREN creates new inspectorates in 6 geo-political zones



Reforms: COREN creates new inspectorates in 6 geo-political zones

(Photo: President of COREN, Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, Vice President of COREN (left) Mr Ola Olu Ogunduyile and Prof. Adisa Bello, Registrar of COREN.)

The Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) on Wednesday, says it is expanding its departments into inspectorates across the six geopolitical zones to foster effective and efficient operations.

The President of COREN Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, stated this at a news conference to announce the upcoming 31st Engineering Assembly slated for Aug.7 to 9 in Abuja.

He said the theme of the event is: ‘Entrenching and Strengthening Engineering Practitioners Code of Conduct for Resilient Engineering Practice in Nigeria’.

He said that the event would bring all cadres of engineering practitioners together, to brainstorm on issues that would lift the profession to greater heights.


The president said that participation was compulsory for all members of the council.

Abubakar said that directorates would create a robust and responsive structure, that would allow the council express itself as a regulator in line with best global practice.

“COREN under the present leadership is being restructured for more effective and efficient operations and service delivery through promoting professionalism, fostering new and strengthening existing partnerships.

“This would lead to positive reforms in the education, training and practice of the engineering profession in our dear Nation.

“The roadmap would ensure that the existing technical departments are strengthened and expanded from five to eight.


“The new operational structure of COREN departments translated into Inspectorates will be cascaded from headquarters to six geopolitical zones and ultimately to all states.

“This would be re-enforced with the establishment of partnerships with key stakeholders, using varied modes of engagement to ensure effective coverage of the entire country.”

Abubakar said that the scope of activities of the council would also be expanded to 10 sectors, including power, oil and gas, aviation, mining, maritime and telecommunications.

Other sectors are Transport, Agro-Allied, Manufacturing and Production in addition to the Construction industry.

He said that the scope of the activities of COREN comprised three major components of the mandate of the council, which are the control and regulation of engineering education.


Others are control and regulation of engineering training, control and regulation of engineering practice.

According to him, before now the council had not been assertive on its control and regulation of its mandate like the health sector education.

“If a university would exceed the quota that the medical council or the dental or pharmaceutical council will give it, would be sanctioned.

“If the number of enrollment exceed your facilities that is for practical and teaching they will descend on you.

“We have activated that, it is already in our law, we have what we call the BMAS that defines the maximum number a university can admit students in any of the engineering profession.


“Based on the facilities of teaching, workshops and laboratories, just like medical students we have already written to universities and polytechnics and we are supposed to follow up with enforcement.

“We want to make sure that the skill and the proficiency of graduates whether in university or in polytechnic is sacrosanct.

“We have written to all universities all polytechnics that there must be oath taking of engineering graduates.

“And if you don’t comply we are going to sanction you and our inspectorates at the state level, will begin to invite you when the university or polytechnic is graduating its engineers,” Abubakar said.

NAN reports that the Assembly is an annual event, which features presentations and discussions relevant to the theme of the year by eminent Practitioners, scholars and technocrats.


It is designed to foster continuous professional development of engineering Practitioners among other benefits.


Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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