UniAbuja, 2 others operate with expired engineering accreditation- COREN

The University of Abuja, Modibo Adama University in Yola, Adamawa, and Ambrose Alli University in Ekpoma, Edo have all been designated by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) as having expired accreditation status.

Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, President of COREN, made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Friday to inform the general public of the solutions reached at its 179th Ordinary Council Meeting on September 7th.

COREN is a legislative authority of the Federal Government tasked with regulating and controlling engineering education, training, and practise in all of its elements and ramifications.


According to Abubakar, the public should be aware that the universities have expired accreditation and should be advised when making decisions, as well as inform the institutions to undertake the necessary.


“COREN must bring this to the public’s attention as part of its commitment to ensuring that engineering is regulated in Nigeria in accordance with global best practises in order to improve the quality of life and promote sustainable development.”


“Agricultural Engineering failed accreditation at Modibo Adama University in Adamawa State; Civil Engineering accreditation expired on October 11, 2020; and Electrical Electronics Engineering accreditation expired on March 10, 2021.”


“Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering both expired on March 10, 2021.”


“The accreditation for Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering at the University of Abuja expired on March 26, 2020, while Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering expired on April 20, 2022.”


“Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Electronics Engineering accreditation at Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Edo, expired on November 12, 2020,” he claimed.


The COREN president went on to say that the University of Calabar in Cross Rivers and the Technical University of Ibadan in Oyo State were both running engineering programmes without permission.


According to Abubakar, the University of Calabar is currently operating engineering programmes up to the 300 level without Resource Verification/Pre-Accreditation by COREN.


He further stated that the Technical University of Ibadan was offering programmes up to the 500 level without the need for Resource Verification/Pre-Accreditation by COREN.


He stated that COREN had written to the universities to assure the accreditation of the programmes, but had received no good answer.


Abubakar added that COREN was operating in compliance with Section 12 of the Federal Government Gazette No. 113 of March 3, on the Regulation on Accreditation of Engineering Programmes in Nigeria, which specifies punishments in the event of a regulation infringement.


“The Engineering Accreditation Committee may impose either a Withdrawal of Accreditation or Non-Recognition of such graduates for registration as engineering practitioners.”


“COREN is hereby notifying the affected universities to correct the irregularities and re-accredit the programmes before the start of the next academic session.”


“Failure to correct this will result in their non-accreditation status being blacklisted, and graduates of engineering programmes will not be recognised for registration as engineering practitioners,” he warned.


Abubakar reminded engineering practitioners to renew their Annual Practise Licence for 2023 in order to comply with the country’s engineering practise law.

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