President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why his administration does no use Nigerian Engineers in executing government contracts.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, made the revelations yesterday at a meeting with the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
The team was led led by its President, Mr. Otis Anyaeji.
He said that the failure of Nigerian engineering firms to bid for government projects was responsible for the patronage of foreign contractors.
He expressed shock that he once advertised for rail projects in Lagos State, but that no Nigerian firm placed a bid.
“If there was no vacuum, there would not be foreign engineering consultants and contractors in Nigeria.
“Unless we honestly stand up and accept that there is a vacuum, we look in the mirror and tell ourselves that we honestly do not like what we see, it will not change.
“I can tell you from experience when I was a state governor, that when I advertised for rail project, no Nigerian firm bidded for it.
“Government will not stop the development of the country, if you are not ready.”
Fashola further lamented procurement processes and called for a review, to enhance speedy development of infrastructure in the country.
“In a developing economies like Nigeria, I think that we have over-legislated our procurement process.
“Some of the fast track procurement systems that we need, given also our weather circle, are still in the way of project intervention to deliver infrastructure.
“Let us do a review and see what we have delivered and look back at 20 years ago when all these procurement laws were not there what we achieved and measure them.
“I think that in my personal view, we have over-legislated procurement process to our detriment,” he added.