The Federal Government has said that the guidelines for effective implementation of the Presidential Executive Order 5 will be ready soon. Minister for Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this at the 2018 extra-ordinary general meeting of the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria. Adamu, who is also a member of the Technical and Guideline Committee on the Order, stated that implementation ought to have started since February except for the guidelines, which were to clear likely ambiguities on the operations of the Order.
Buhari had in February signed the said Executive Order 5 with the intention of improving local content in science, engineering and technology procurement. The minister expressed the need for local engineers to play prominent role in all construction projects, stressing that they have the capacity to compete with expatriates. He said with the order, Nigerian engineers would consequently be in charge of their home affairs and grow with time. Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who also spoke at the event, said Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have no option than to comply with the order.