The Executive Order 005 of the Federal Government is a major bold step at promoting the increased patronage of local content by both the government and private sector of the economy and a sure way of beating down capital flight lost on the importation of foreign technologies to drive sectors of the economy.
Speaking during the signing of a partnership agreement with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), the director-general of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Dr DanAzumi Ibrahim said the signing of Executive Order 005 and reorganizing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) by the federal government were key in achieving the nation’s developmental goals across all sectors of the economy.
He explained that the Executive Order 005 stipulates that NOTAP should collate a data base of professionals in Nigeria to ensure that in all government contracts, Nigerian companies and firms should be considered first in line with Public Procurement Act 2007, saying NOTAP’s partnership with NSE was very apt considering the fact that the society is an umbrella body that regulates the registration and practice of Nigerian engineers and therefore occupies a vantage position to work with NOTAP in ensuring collection of adequate data of Nigerian professionals.
The NOTAP boss said the primary aim of the order is to improve on local content and ensure that Nigerian professionals are engaged in construction and implementation of jobs in Nigeria in which they have expertise rather than giving contracts to foreign companies for jobs Nigerians can perform.
He assured that NOTAP would collaborate with every stakeholder in ensuring that the government directive was not just religiously followed but that Nigerian professionals were properly patronized. He said as a nation that is desirous of techno-economic development, Nigeria could not continue to depend on foreign experts, hence it was proper to use the Nigerian professionals.
In his remarks, the NSE president, Engr. Adekunle Mokuole said it was the dawn of a new era for Nigerian engineers as he recalled that the request from NOTAP was the first time a strategic government agency visited the NSE with a request for collaboration.
He averred that Nigeria has become a dumping ground for all manner of foreign products because there are no strong policies against such, adding in a regulated economy like the UK, USA and Japan, goods sold in their countries must meet specifications.
He said it is attitude that makes or mars a country and that the director-general of NOTAP had demonstrated the right attitude that would propel the technological development of this country. He revealed that NSE had been inaugurated in the United States of America, United Kingdom and has members with critical skills that can develop the country.
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