The Federal Government has said indigenous contracting companies will always be giving preference in award of government contracts.
This is to boost indigenous technology and encourage Nigerian entrepreneurs; the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and 2017 Conference of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) recently in Abuja.
According to the Minister, Nigerian firms and companies are now to be given priority in the award of contracts, adding that where Nigerian firms lacked the skills, they would be encouraged to partner with foreign firms that possessed same, adding that Nigerian firms will now be given preference in the scheme of things.
Dr. Onu, who hinted that expatriate quota visas will henceforth not be granted to foreign firms at will where Nigerian Professionals abound, also bemoaned the paucity of indigenous engineers in Nigeria.
If an expatriate quota is given to foreign firms, at least 3 Nigerian professionals must be made to work with them from conceptualization to commissioning of the project so as to develop local capacity, he said.
He called on Nigerian engineers to utilize their skills in view of the prevailing global revolution which put premium on engineering in economic activities, noting that the richest people in the world are those who used their brain to create wealth.
Dr. Onu bemoaned the paucity of engineers in Nigeria and also called on Nigerians to show interest in the commercialization of research findings as this will help us to create wealth, provide jobs, reduce poverty as well as stop capital flight.