The Executive Order 11 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to lead to the growth and expansion of Nigeria’s economy – particularly the service sector.
Nigeria’s Minister for Works & Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, stated this in an exclusive interview with VON in Abuja.
Fashola said the Executive Order 11 would ensure all national buildings, assets and infrastructure are properly maintained through the employment of efficient manpower drawn from small and medium enterprises.
“If we are doing technical and vocational education and we are graduating people from there, and we are not consciously preparing them for a place where they will work, then all of these efforts at skill acquisition will fail,” Fashola said.
“This is because what we are seeing now is that after all the skill training, what do people do? They just go and buy a motorcycle when there is no training at all.
“We have started seeing the impact Many public buildings are being renovated, and refurbished. Our 24 Federal secretariats nationwide are now being maintained by facility managers,” he added.
The Executive Order 11, mandates the establishment of a department of federal public assets maintenance by all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Economic experts say this is a vital step in support of the implementation of this national policy is unprecedented in Nigeria’s history and approach to infrastructure maintenance.
At present, the policy is already being implemented in the federal secretariat Abuja as well as federal secretariats in 24 states of the federation.
So far a minimum of 40 people are now daily employed in each of those 24 secretariat.