Speech Delivered by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, FNSE,

Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, on the Occasion of the Inauguration of the State Technical and Expatriate Monitoring Committees, Lafia: Tuesday 14th July, 2020.

  1. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State;
  2. The Right Hon. Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly;
  1. The Hon. Chief Judge of Nasarawa State;
  1. Principal Officers and Members of the State House of Assembly;
  1. Members of the State Executive and Security Councils;
  1. The Secretary to the Government of Nasarawa State;
  1. The Head of the Civil Service;
  1. The State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC);
  1. Special Advisers;
  1. Permanent Secretaries;
  1. His Royal Highness, Hon. Justice Sidi Bage Muhammad I JSC (Rtd) Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs;
  1. Chairmen and Chief Executives of Commissions, Boards and Parastatals;
  1. The Executive Chairmen of Local Government Councils and overseers of Development Areas here present;
  1. Your Royal Highnesses, Emirs and Chiefs here present;
  1. The President of COREN, Engr. Aliyu Rabiu Maisuya,;
  1. Other Officials and Members of COREN;
  1. Gentlemen of the Press;
  2. Ladies and Gentlemen.

It is with gratitude to Almighty God that I address you today on the occasion of the Inauguration of the Nasarawa State Technical Committee and the Nasarawa State Expatriate Monitoring Committee on Engineering Regulations and Monitoring (ERM).

  1. As you are aware, Engineering is the fulcrum for all meaningful development and considering the policy direction of this Administration on infrastructural development, this occasion is apt and timely.
  1. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, in view of the emerging challenges of building collapse in the country, with attendant effects on human lives and property, it becomes incumbent on Government to evolve strategies to address this phenomenon. Accordingly, we constituted these Committees to guide against the unfortunate situation.
  1. I need to state that members of these Committees were selected based on their records of experience, commitment, dedication, hard work, professionalism, patriotism and pedigrees. I charge you, therefore, to live above board and justify Government confidence reposed in you. You must carry out your assignment with due diligence, devoid of any sentiment or favouritism.
  1. In carrying its responsibilities, the Committees are to be guided by the following terms of reference:
  1. To locate, document Organisations and personnel and report to Registrar;                                                    
  2. To verify and monitor the professional competence of Works Approval Officers;

     iii  To act as COREN watchdogs on maintenance, upholding Engineering codes of practice in public                  works, prohibit default and ensure that all such works are in accordance with Engineering design                and specification by Registered Engineer;

     iv To verify that all organisations working in the area of Engineering contracting have at least an active             Registered Engineer on their Board of Directors;

     v  To observe and report cases of non-adherence to approved Engineering Codes of Practice in respect          of Public and Private works to the Registrar;

    vi  To report all defaulters and contravention of COREN ACT to the Registrar; 

   vii  To verify that all Engineering Practitioners (local and foreign) in the Engineering Organisations have           valid COREN Practicing License.

  1. Let me reiterate that in carrying out engineering projects in Nasarawa State, there will be no tolerance for quackery. In the same token, no Engineer will be allowed to supervise any project except duly registered by COREN and possesses appropriate practicing license which shall be a condition for prequalification by all companies assigned to carry out engineering projects in

the State. In this wise, I urge the Committees to come up with stringent regulations that will guide the ethics            and practices of the profession, as well as adherence to project specifications.

  1. I need to commend the Engineering Regulations Monitoring (ERM) for the choice of Nasarawa as the pioneer State to inaugurate the programme among the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation. This will go a long way in adding value for money in engineering projects. I, therefore, assure you of Government continued support in providing conducive environment to enable the Engineering profession achieve its noble objectives of entrenching standards for quality delivery of projects.
  1. Ladies and gentlemen, as you are aware, the world today is faced with the Coronavirus pandemic otherwise known as COVID-19 which has shut down the world economy. The number of infected persons kept increasing on daily basis, particularly in Nigeria. It is for this reason that we have evolved measures in order to control and contain the spread of this virus in Nasarawa State. The measures may be difficult for the residents but it remain the best approach to curb the spread of the pandemic. I appeal to all and sundry to adhere strictly to the measures imposed towards reducing the spread of the disease in the State.
  1. On this note, it is now my pleasure to inaugurate the Committees on the Nasarawa State Technical Committee and the Nasarawa State Expatriate Monitoring Committee in the State.
  1. Thank you and May God bless us all.




The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) at its Extra Ordinary Council Meeting held on the 18th of April, 2019 elected Engr. Ali A. Rabiu, FNSE as the President of COREN.

Engr. Ali A Rabiu FNSE takes over from Engr. Kashim A. Ali, FNSE, FAEng, NPOM mni who served two term as President of COREN from April 2013 – April 2019.

Engr. Ali A. Rabiu, FNSE who was born on the 24th of April, 1963 in Lafia Nassarawa State attended Bayero University in Kano State from where he obtained a Bachelor Degree  in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Buisness Administration (MBA). He is a COREN  registered engineer and a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (FNICE), Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), Member, Nigerian Water & Sanitation Association (MNIWASA), Member, Association of Consulting Engineers, Nigeria (ACEN) among others.

For his many contributions to the Community and his novel works in his home State Nssarawa, he was honoured with the traditional title of Cigarin Lafia by HRH, Alh. Isa Mustapha Agwai 1, the Emir of Lafia. He is a recipient of various professional awards and recognitions.

He has held some key positions such as: Member, Presidential Monitoring Team on DFRRI Rural Water and Sanitation Programme, Sokoto and Kebbi States, Consultant/Member, House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on the investigation of flooding of the Goronyo Dam, Sokoto State, Member, Governing Council, Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi, Kano State. Chairman, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Kano Branch, Chairman, Technical Committee to assess the damages/loses caused by Fire outbreak at Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi Market, Kano State to mention but few.

Engr. Rabiu’s has a robust professional career in engineering spanning over 30 years where he has served in various administrative and managerial capacities in the public and private sector, some of which are; the Executive Partner, AR – AR Partnership, Consulting Engineering firm;  Senior Engineer, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Project, Project Coordinator, Bayelsa State Infrastructural Development Programme; Project Manager, Hotoro South Erosion Control Project, Kano State, Project Manager, Oforachi Irrigation Project, Kogi State; Project Manager, World Bank – Assisted Nasarawa State Community Based Urban Development Project, Karu;  Project Director, Nasarawa State Massive Programme on Road Construction to mention but few.

He has been responsible for, and involved in the design and supervision of several bridges, roads, concrete structures, water supply schemes, small dams, flood and erosion control works, environmental sanitation projects and community development programmes.

He is a former Vice President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, with vast experience in management and policy making.

Haruna Ojonugwa

Head Public Relations