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Indigenous Professionals Must Be Involved In National Projects – Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has come out to direct ministries, departments and agencies to prioritize indigenous professionals in planning, design and execution of national projects.

Buhari recently gave the directive while speaking at the Inauguration of the Presidential Monitoring and Evaluation Council of the Executive Order 5 at the State House in Abuja.

According to him, all MDAs should ensure that any professional practising in Nigeria is duly registered with the appropriate regulatory body in Nigeria.

Buhari added that suppliers and contractors under national competitive bidding process should also disclose local material (processed or unprocessed), where available and needed for the execution of projects.

His words, “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 ensure that any professional practicing in Nigeria must be duly registered with the appropriate regulatory body in Nigeria.”

“All MDAs shall ensure that for all consultancy contracts awarded to foreign companies, engineering drawings, necessary calculations, design, etc are made available to their corresponding Nigerian partners, including arrangements with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as partners towards local production of needed materials.”

“President Buhari said suppliers and contractors under national competitive bidding process shall disclose local material (processed or unprocessed), where available and needed for the execution of projects.”

β€œHe added that designs for all contracts, programmes, projects, etc., shall be in English Language before signing.”

“The Ministry of Interior shall ensure that Expatriate Quota for projects, contracts, and programmes are granted according to the provisions of the Immigration Act and other relevant laws. This will apply where qualifications and competence of Nigerian Nationals are not available or cannot be ascertained, which shall be contingent on training such number of persons as may be required for the execution of the contract or project.”

β€œThe President, who is also Chairman of the Presidential Monitoring Evaluation Council, said the team would oversee the general implementation of the Executive Order 5, and the secretariat would be domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, supported by the Strategy Implementation Task Office for Presidential Executive Order 5 (SITOPEO-5).”

β€œHe said the secretariat would facilitate the administration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the provisions of Executive Order No. 5 and provide prompt reports to Council.”

β€œI direct the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to work with the office of the Honourable Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate the early passage of the Bill for the Order at the National Assembly in line with the decisions of the Federal Executive Council.”


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