Buhari Signs Bill Stopping NYSC From Posting Engineering Graduates To Schools
The report reaching Talkmill has it that President Mohammadu Buhari has signed today a law which bars NYSC from posting Engineers to secondary schools in bid for teaching.
This law was amended in order to promote technology in Nigeria and ensuring that trained engineers can directly use the knowledge acquired in developing Nigerian technology.
Senator Ita Enang, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, said as against the tradition of the NYSC posting a large number of engineering graduates to schools, that henceforth youth corps members who are graduates of engineering must be posted only to engineering firms and other institutions that are relevant to their professional fields.
Aside prohibiting such firms from rejecting engineering graduates posted to them, the Act mandates NYSC to immediately communicate the name of any institution where an engineering graduate is posted to, for his/her primary assignment, to the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
Furthermore, the Act prohibits any foreign engineering firm from operating in Nigeria without being duly registered in the country by COREN. It also mandates such a foreign firm to ensure the introduction of local content into the operations of the company by employing Nigerian engineers.
Enang also said the new Act grants: “compulsory attestation to all expatriate quota for engineering practitioners, including turnkey project, that there are no qualified and competent Nigerians for the job in question at the time of application and that granting of the expatriate quota shall be contingent on training of such number of persons as may be required for the execution of the job, and; ensuring that, before being allowed to practice in Nigeria, such foreign engineering practitioners granted work permit, register with the council and obtain such licenses as may be required from time to time; investigating engineering failures.’’