The Director General National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA, Dr Halilu Shaba, has emphasized the need to create an enabling environment for Nigerian Engineers, in order to mitigate the brain drain currently facing the sector. He made the remark at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja while receiving a delegation from the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN. 

Dr. Shaba underscored the importance of creating conditions that encourage and retain local engineering talent, saying it will discourage the exodus of skilled professionals seeking opportunities abroad.

He stated that despite the severity of challenges facing the engineering community in Nigeria, it should not be viewed as a justification for inaction. The NASRDA boss, who stressed the importance of addressing these issues proactively rather than passively, highlighted the need for collaborative efforts to find solutions and improve the situation within the engineering sector. 

The Director General further stated that NASRDA is a home of Engineers and as such, Engineers within the Agency must always engage in training activities of so as to be in tune with the standard best practice of the profession. 

He assured the delegation from COREN of NASRDA’s unwavering support and willingness to collaborate for the benefit of Nigerians.

Earlier, the President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Prof. Sadiq Abubakar, expressed appreciation over the warm reception, adding that the visit is aimed at strengthening partnerships and promoting engineering excellence in Nigeria. 

Reiterating the crucial role that COREN plays in regulating engineering practices across various industries, Prof. Abubakar emphasized the importance of collaboration in moving the engineering profession forward. 

The COREN President highlighted the challenges faced by COREN in fulfilling its regulatory mandate, particularly in the areas of education, professional development, and industry practices.

He stated that although the capacity and competence of Nigerian engineers both home and abroad, are not in question, it is however imperative to uphold and tackle the roadblocks affecting the forward movement of the Engineering profession. Prof. Abubakar used the platform to call on all relevant stakeholders in the Engineering industry to collaborate with the regulatory body for optimal results. 

The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) is a statutory body set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the mandate to regulate the practice of engineering in all aspects and ramifications.

Below are some sights from the event.

Ninma Yacim, Media and Corporate Communications

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