President Buhari reportedly signed Executive Order 5 to improve local content in public procurement
– The executive order also reportedly prohibits the Ministry of Interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria
– The order, however, consideration shall only be given to a foreign professional, where it is certified that such expertise is not available in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, June 3, in Abuja reportedly signed Executive Order 5 to improve local content in public procurement with science, engineering and technology components.
According to The Nation, the Executive Order is expected to promote the application of science, technology and innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.
The president, pursuant to the authority vested in him by the constitution, ordered that all ‘‘procuring authorities shall give preference to Nigerian companies and firms in the award of contracts, in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007.’’
The Executive Order also reportedly prohibits the Ministry of Interior from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria. It, however, notes that where expertise is lacking, procuring entities will give preference to foreign companies and firms with a demonstrable and verifiable plan for indigenous development, prior to the award of such contracts.
In the proclamation entitled ‘Presidential Executive Order 5 For Planning And Execution Of Projects, Promotion Of Nigerian Content In Contracts And Science, Engineering And Technology, President Buhari also reportedly directed Ministries, Departments and Agencies to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects. It adds that ‘‘consideration shall only be given to a foreign professional, where it is certified by the appropriate authority that such expertise is not available in Nigeria.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that popular human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has said that President Buhari cannot approve state policing just by his decree.
Speaking during his guest appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday, June 6, Falana said that the issue of state policing is a constitutional issue. The SAN said that for state policing to be created, the bill calling for its creation has to first go to the National Assembly, adding that the bill can originate from either of the national houses.