By Ese Awhotu
The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Draft Bill on the Executive Order 5 has submitted its report to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.
Speaking after receiving the report on Monday in Abuja, Dr. Onu said that the Draft Bill will give Nigeria the capacity to produce things it needs and will also instill national pride in Nigerians.
He commended the Inter-Ministerial Committee for producing a documents that will be sustainable, adding that Nigerian ought to have done this long time ago.
Dr. Onu said the Draft Bill will be studied before it forwarded to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for its scrutiny before being forwarded to the National Assembly for passage into law.
Dr. Onu said when the Draft Bill is signed into law, it would be of great benefits to the country and would encourage Nigerians to create wealth and jobs for the nation.
This was contained in a statement by AbdulGaniyu Aminu, Head: Press & Public Relations Unit, issued yesterday, which said the minister commended the Inter-Ministerial committee for a job well-done adding that its efforts is crucial in speeding up the Bill by the National Assembly.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee and Director, Legal Services in the Ministry, Mrs Yvonne Odu-Thomas said the committee took time to do a detailed assessment of the Executive Order 5 and came out with a comprehensive draft.
It would be recalled that the Presidential Executive Order No.5 for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian contents in Contracts, Science, Engineering and Technology, was signed by the President on February 2, 2018 and has been duly gazetted.
It is expected to empower Nigerians to use their talents and skills to contribute to national development and also create the platform for Nigerians to leverage on our natural resources so as to be self-reliant,