Engineers who are not registered as members of the Engineers Council in Rwanda will not be allowed to work in the country.
The announcement was made recently at the general assembly of the council held in Kigali.
The body was mandated to register all engineers to weed out quacks and ensure standards are adhered to.
The registration will also apply to foreigners working in the country.
The council’s law was adopted late last year and requires all engineers already operating in the country or foreigners planning to work in Rwanda to register with the council.
Surprise site visits
“There has been no way to prove whether these engineers are qualified to undertake contracts, but now with this law, we will have the authority to even do surprise site visits to establish if the engineers are qualified and are available to supervise the work they contracted,” Dismas Arinaitwe Nkubana, the newly elected head of the Engineer’s Council told Rwanda Today.
Mr Nkubana added that before registration the body will verify academic qualifications and experience of the applicants.
“There are foreigners who are not allowed to work in their home countries and have found their way into Rwanda. We will not allow it and whether nationals or non-nationals, we will have to know all details about that person.”
The law governing the engineering profession in general and the functions of the Institute of Engineers Rwanda was passed in 2012.
According to Dedeki Papias Kazawadi of Star Construction Company Ltd, if the law is strictly followed the engineering profession will be more organised and thus produce quality work.
“If the engineer is contracted to construct a building and then it falls in the course of construction, that engineer will be punished. This means that the engineers will always make sure they produce quality work,” he said.
The institute offers certificates to engineering professionals, who pay Rwf250,000 annual membership fees.
The registration of engineers comes at a time when the construction sector in the country is booming with fears that quality could be compromised.