By Nasirudeen Shamsideen Olayinka (Sunlight)
It’s surprising corroborating the momentous changes in the Faculty of Engineering. The faculty has been surviving on her poor aesthetic and inadequate facilities such as running water, accessible restrooms for students, power supply etc. Tremendous modifications to each department of the faculty have been made; refurbished buildings, labs and lecture rooms. What changed? Is this not too good to be real?
Before you roll your eyes, I will dive into details.
After extensive research carried out by UCJ, it was discovered that these changes were brought about by the ongoing Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) accreditation.
The accreditation is a regulation process that is carried out every four years on the faculty. It was learnt that failure to get accredited by COREN may lead to unpleasing implications, part of which include the nullification of students from the unaccredited department, hindering them to practice as Engineers which will eventually restrict their employability after graduation, and the concerned department will have to halt producing students until COREN conditions are met.
Some interviewed students from this faculty express their satisfying feelings toward the development while others had their reservations about the issue. It’s indisputable that we all want these fascinating facilities to be effectively utilized consistently but what if there wasn’t a COREN would students have to suffer without these basic amenities? Now that these amenities have been established, would students be allowed to access them? Would it be maintained in the future, or even upgraded to a better one?
Some questions are yet to be answered.