President Muhammadu Buhari directed Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA) on Thursday in Abuja to give priority to indigenous professionals for the planning, design, and execution of national projects, cautioning that foreign professionals should only be considered where it had been certified that the expertise was not available locally.
This was revealed in a statement provided to the press on Thursday by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
President Buhari stated at the State House during the Inauguration of the Presidential Monitoring and Evaluation Council of Executive Order 5 that “the Federal Government shall introduce Margin of Preference in National Competitive Bidding in contracts, in the evaluation of tenders, from indigenous suppliers of goods manufactured locally over foreign goods.”
“All MDAs shall guarantee that any professional practicing in Nigeria is appropriately registered with the appropriate Nigerian regulating agency.”
“All MDAs shall ensure that engineering drawings, necessary calculations, design, and so on are made available to their corresponding Nigerian partners for all consultancy contracts awarded to foreign companies, including arrangements with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as partners towards local production of needed materials.”
As a result, he added that Executive Order No. 5 aims to put Nigerian Professionals and Manufacturers at the center of the Nigerian economy.
The President stated that Executive Order 5 will be used by the administration to usher in a new era that will shift Nigeria’s economy from a resource-based to a knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy.
Buhari stated that under the national competitive bidding procedure, suppliers and contractors must reveal indigenous material (processed or unprocessed) where available and required for project implementation.
He went on to say that all contracts, programs, and initiatives, for example, must be designed in English before they are signed.
“The Ministry of Interior shall guarantee that Expatriate Quota for projects, contracts, and programs are given in accordance with the Immigration Act and other applicable legislation.”
This would apply if the qualifications and competence of Nigerian nationals are not available or cannot be ascertained, and will be reliant on training as many people as may be required for the contract or project’s execution,” he said.
The President, who also serves as the Chairman of the Presidential Monitoring Evaluation Council, stated that the team would oversee the general implementation of Executive Order 5, and that the secretariat would be based at the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, with assistance from the Strategy Implementation Task Office for Presidential Executive Order 5. (SITOPEO-5).
He stated that the secretariat will facilitate the administration, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Executive Order No. 5’s requirements, as well as give timely reporting to Council.
“I direct the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation to collaborate with the Honourable Minister of Justice’s office and the Attorney General of the Federation to expedite the passage of the Bill for the Order in the National Assembly in accordance with the decisions of the Federal Executive Council,” he said.
“The Federal Government will do all possible to guarantee that Executive Order No. 5 is completely executed because we are confident that its implementation would produce wealth, improve our economy, eliminate poverty, and create jobs for our people.”
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