“The order places premium on the use of indigenous professionals and firms in the design and execution of projects involving national security.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onu, weekend warned civil servants and political office holders against violating the Executive Order 5 to avoid serving jail terms.
Speaking in Ibadan at the South West Dialogue on Presidential Executive Order No 5, he noted that the Order was a document for planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in contracts, science, engineering and technology.
The minister, represented by Yoroh Odu-Thomas, Director, Legal Department of the ministry, said: “On implementation of the order, Nigerian companies and firms have the opportunity more than ever before to participate in national development through award of contracts and also to serve as consultants.
“The order places premium on the use of indigenous professionals and firms in the design and execution of projects involving national security. Foreign experts will only be engaged on condition that such expertise is not available in Nigeria. Even when they are engaged, Nigeria professionals would be attached to understudy them.”