FUOYE Engineers don’t owe licensing fees, says Accreditation Team Leader

By Chinedu Okafor and Bamidele Eleniola

 

Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) Engineers are 99% compliant in payment of professional fees, dues and licensing fees.

This was disclosed by the Leader of Accreditation Team of Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engr Baba Alkali on Wednesday February 26, 2020 while presenting his team’s findings after a thorough inspection facilities and interactions with staff and students of the Faculty of Engineering at the university.

Engr Alkali who is a Council Member of COREN led another ten professionals and professors to identify the strength of the FUOYE Engineering programmes and listed them as: Staffing, Staff Development, Compliance with payment of professional fees, libraries, books, etc.

“We noticed the highly committed and competent lecturers and technical staff, he stated and added that “we observed that the staff development scheme particularly in sponsorship to acquire higher degree is in place”.

Speaking further, he said “Compliance with payment of COREN annual licensing fees was rated 99% as at our last visit and you also now have university, faculty and departmental libraries that are adequate in number, spread and of good quality”.

The COREN Official also said the staff student ratio is excellent and the number of laboratories available to students commendable. He however wants the university to purchase more modern teaching aids like smart boards, public address systems and improve sanitation of students’ conveniences and ask for more technologists to handle the laboratories.

He decried the general outcry by employers of labour on persistent skills shortage where academically sound engineering graduates are unable to express practical functionality on their jobs. "There is a large disconnect between what is taught and that which is expected of engineering graduates on the field", he said disclosing that COREN, in response, has adopted the Outcome Based Education (OBE) Engineering program.

OBE, according to him, is a necessary benchmark for minimum academic standards and accreditation scoring criteria for undergraduate Engineering programs in Nigeria. He encouraged the university to key into OBE.

In his words, "The adoption of the OBE will make  Nigerian engineering qualifications internationally acceptable and improve the quality, efficiency and global mobility of our engineers" noting that COREN is also interested in creating conducive platforms to enhance the collaboration between academia and industry through Train the Trainer programmes, course curriculum review, Internship for students, technology updates and research projects under the auspices of the Committee of Deans' of Engineering and Technology (CODET) of Nigerian Universities.

Responding, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kayode Soremekun expressed profound appreciation to the visiting officials while reiterating the peculiarity associated with the growing University as the only one among its contemporaries which now offers engineering courses.

He also appreciated the doggedness of his predecessor, Professor. Chinedu Nebo for his unflinching resolve in starting off the Faculty of Engineering at a time the university was just starting to find its bearing.

The university administrator noted that the challenges of running an Engineering faculty has its cost implication which was predominantly a gigantic venture decrying the major constraint of funding encountered by Universities in Nigeria.

"Despite our young age, the students from the Faculty of Engineering of our university clinched top position in the last competition organised by Committee of Deans' of Engineering and Technology (CODET) of Nigerian Universities".

He pointed that there is a bridge between the theoretical aspect of engineering and the policy world such that engineering has no visible impact in the quality of our indigenous production.