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Why government does not patronise Nigerian contractors – Fashola shares reasons

According to reports, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has blamed Nigerian engineers for creating the vacuum that made the Federal Government to patronize foreign contractors.


Fashola said this on Tuesday in Abuja when a delegation of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, led by its President, Otis Anyaeji, paid him a courtesy visit.

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He said the failure of Nigerian engineering firms to bid for government projects was responsible for the patronage of foreign contractors.

He said: “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.

“While we point a finger at government, we must also point the same fingers at ourselves because foreign companies doing business in Nigeria are privately owned.”

Fashola advised Nigerian engineers to accept their deficiencies and build their capacities to be able to compete with foreign firms.

The minister also decried what he called the over legislation of procurement process and called for a review to enhance speedy development of infrastructure in the country.

Fashola said: “In a developing economy 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.”

In his remark, Anyaeji called for patronage of local engineers and the use of indigenous materials for the execution of government projects.

Anyaeji pledged the commitment of the society to partner the Federal Government to deliver on its mandate to Nigerians.

5 Comments on Why government does not patronise Nigerian contractors – Fashola shares reasons

  1. That is not good enough


  2. This is really not good at all


  3. But they keep saying we should patronize Nigerian made


  4. Taiyelolu Fabson // November 2, 2016 at 8:16 am // Reply

    The problem with the Nigerian Engineering industry is that everyone wants to be CEO, we have never thought of harnessing our resources together to form a formidable team by building a very strong Engineering firm with basic equipments to be able to compete with foreign companies. The most painful thing is that, most of their engineers are not as intelligent and brilliant as ours. I want to call on our Government also to assist our local companies to access soft backing in the procurement of equipments required as to the human resources, we are blessed abundantly. Both the professionals and Government has a role to play.


  5. Most of these so called foreign engineer s are in no way better than Nigerians. The problem is our government. When they bring foreigners, they will give them more than enough to do their work. They even pay them upfront, provide them with the best accommodation, transportation and adequate security. But when they engage Nigerian engineers, they want them to use their blood to work. They will owe them for years. Let them do the needful and they will see the best of our engineers.


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