COREN Exposes Expired Engineering Validations in Nigerian Universities

COREN Discloses Expired Accreditation Status for Engineering Programs at University of Abuja and Others – Implications Revealed

The recent disclosure by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) concerning the accreditation status of several engineering courses run by various universities in Nigeria has generated quite a buzz.

In this thorough examination, we’ll dive into the revelation’s specifics and how it affects students and the engineering profession in Nigeria.

The Unveiling of Accreditation Issues by COREN

During a recent press conference in Abuja, Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, the president of COREN, unveiled disturbing details about the accreditation status of several engineering courses at various universities in Nigeria.

Let’s analyze the content and significance of this disclosure.

COREN

COREN, the governing body for engineering in Nigeria, oversees education, training, and engineering practice.

Their mission is to align Nigeria’s engineering with global best practices to promote a better quality of life and sustainable development.

Accreditation plays a crucial role in upholding these standards.

Educational programs must obtain and maintain accreditation, which serves as a mark of quality and compliance with established standards.

Now, let’s examine the disclosure during the press conference led by Prof

Abubakar unveiled a series of lapses in accreditation at several prominent universities during the press conference.

We dissect these findings in the following sections.

Universities with Lapsed Accreditation

University of Abuja

The University of Abuja was highlighted for several lapses in accreditation status.

The following departments were noted:

Chemical Engineering: Accreditation expired on March 26, 2020.
Civil Engineering accreditation expired on March 26, 2020.

Electronics Engineering: Accreditation expired on April 20, 2022.
Mechanical Engineering accreditation expired on April 20, 2022.

Modibo Adama University
At Modibo Adama University in Adamawa State, various departments were caught with accreditation lapses, including:

Agricultural Engineering: Failed accreditation.
Civil Engineering: Accreditation expired on October 11, 2020.
Electrical Electronics Engineering: Accreditation expired on March 10, 2021.
Chemical Engineering: Accreditation expired on March 10, 2021.
Mechanical Engineering: Accreditation expired on March 10, 2021.

Ambrose Alli University

The departments facing accreditation issues at Ambrose Alli University are as follows:

Mechanical Engineering: Accreditation expired on November 12, 2020.
Electrical Electronics Engineering: Accreditation expired on November 12, 2020.

Additional Universities with Authorization Issues

Prof. Abubakar also pointed out that the University of Calabar and the Technical University Ibadan are running engineering programs without due approval, further exacerbating the issue.

University of Calabar
Running engineering programmes up to the 300 Level without necessary Resource Verification/Pre-Accreditation by COREN.

Technical University Ibadan
Offering programmes up to the 500 Level without essential Resource Verification/Pre-Accreditation by COREN.

COREN’s Plea to Universities: An Urgent Call to Action
In light of these findings, COREN has urged the concerned universities to rectify these discrepancies as a matter of urgency.

Legal Backing and Implications of Non-compliance
Prof. Abubakar emphasized that COREN operates under the guidance of section 12 of the Federal Government Gazette No. 113, dated March 3, which stipulates penalties in the event of violations of any regulations concerning the accreditation of engineering programmes.

Consequences for Graduates of Non-accredited Programs
COREN has cautioned that non-compliance could result in severe repercussions, including the possibility of graduates being barred from registering as engineering practitioners.

The Way Forward: A Call to Action
COREN has unequivocally asked the defaulting institutions to amend the anomalies and secure the necessary accreditations before the onset of the next academic session to avert a crisis that could mar the future of many budding engineers.

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