President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Thursday, directed the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, MDAs, to give priority to indigenous Professionals, for the planning, design, and execution of national projects, Page 36 learnt.
The President spoke at the inauguration of the Presidential Monitoring and Evaluation Council of Executive Order No. 5 at the State House, Abuja.
He advised that foreign Professionals should only be considered where it has been certified that the expertise is not available locally, adding that, the Federal Government would introduce the Margin of Preference in National Competitive Bidding in contracts, and in the evaluation of tenders from indigenous suppliers of goods manufactured locally, over foreign goods.
President Buhari said: “All MDAs shall ensure that any professional practising 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.”
Accordingly, he explained that Executive Order No. 5 is aimed at placing Nigerian Professionals and Manufacturers at the centre of the Nigerian economy.
The President, in a statement issued by his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, said that Executive Order No. 5 would be used by his administration to midwife a new beginning that would transform Nigeria’s economy from resource-based to a knowledge-based and innovation-driven.
President Buhari stated that Suppliers and Contractors under the national competitive bidding process shall disclose local material (processed or unprocessed), where available and needed for the execution of projects.
He added that designs for all contracts, programmes, projects, etc, shall be in English Language, before signing.
His words: “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.”
The President, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Monitoring Evaluation Council, said that the Team would oversee the general implementation of the Executive Order No. 5, and the Secretariat would be domiciled at the Federal Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, supported by the Strategy Implementation Task Office for the Presidential Executive Order No. 5 (SITOPEO-5).
He disclosed that the Secretariat would facilitate the administration, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the provisions of Executive Order No. 5, and provide prompt reports to the Council.
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