ABUJA – (Federal Ministry of Science & Technology Report) – The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Draft Bill on Executive Order 5 has submitted its report to the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu (Dr).
Speaking after receiving the report on Monday March 11, 2019 in Abuja, Ogbonnaya Onu said that the Draft Bill will give Nigeria the capacity to produce the things it needs and will instill national pride in Nigerians. He commended the Inter-Ministerial Committee for producing a document that will be sustainable, adding that the country ought to have done this long ago.
While informing that the Draft Bill will be studied before being forwarded to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for scrutiny and eventual submission to the National Assembly for passage into law, he stated that when the Draft Bill is signed into law, it would be of great benefit to the country and would encourage Nigerians to create wealth and jobs for the nation.
The Minister commended the Inter-Ministerial Committee for a job well-done, adding that its effort will be crucial in expediting the Bill by the National Assembly.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, who is the Director of Legal Services in the Ministry, Yvonne Odu-Thomas said that the Committee took time to do 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 was 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 natural resources and become self-reliant.