Nigerian Firms to get preference in Contracts Award

Ogbonnaya Onu - Hon. Minster of Science and Technology

In an effort to boost indigenous technology and encourage Nigerian entrepreneurs, the Federal Government will soon unveil some incentives to Nigerian firms.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu gave the hints while delivering a keynote address at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 2017 Conference of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) on Tuesday, 21st November, 2017 in Abuja.

According to the Minister, Nigerian firms and companies are now to be given priority in the award of contracts, adding that where Nigerian firms lacked the skills, they would be encouraged to partner with foreign firms that possessed same, adding that Nigerian firms will now be given preference in the scheme of things.

Dr. Onu, who hinted that expatriate quota visas will henceforth not be granted to foreign firms at will where Nigerian Professionals abound, also bemoaned the paucity of indigenous engineers in Nigeria.
In case, expatriate quota is given to foreign firms at least 3 Nigerian professionals must be made to work with them from conceptualization to commissioning of the project so as to develop local capacity.
He called on Nigerian engineers to utilize their skills in view of the prevailing global revolution which put premium on engineering in economic activities, noting that the richest people in the world are those who used their brain to create wealth.

Dr. Onu bemoaned the paucity of Engineers in Nigeria and also called on Nigerians to show interest in the commercialization of research findings as this will help us to create wealth, provide jobs, reduce poverty as well as stop capital flight.

The Minister also disclosed that the recently-launched Science, Technology and Innovation roadmap 2017 2030 will trigger industrialization and promote competiveness in raw materials to add value to our raw materials and guidelines that will guide our projects and contracts.
He also said that with the National Strategy to promote competitiveness in raw materials, about N3 trillion would be saved by the Federal Government, adding that capital flight would be drastically reduced.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the President National Society of Engineers, Engr. Otis Liver Anyaeji called on the federal government to unbundle some ministries so as to make government business more effective.
He also called on the federal government to formulate and implement policies on agricultural mechanization, noting that development starts with infrastructural growth.

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