Stella Dimoko Fashola Reveals Why FG Chooses Foreign Contractors Over Local Firms


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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Fashola Reveals Why FG Chooses Foreign Contractors Over Local Firms

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

According to pmnews Fashola said this on Tuesday in Abuja when a delegation of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) led by its President, Mr Otis Anyaeji, paid him a courtesy visit.

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

“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.”

According to him, 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.

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

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

“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,” he added.

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

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


  1. Patronizing local engineers is the the issue, but many atimes most of this contractor's use substandard materials. Even some of these foreign contrators are doing same, I wish there is a working regulatory body that checks all these.

    1. James' hater2 November 2016 at 11:52

      All the roads constructed by our very own Nigerian owned construction firms in Anambra state just open mouth with their claws out. Make I no mention the companies, dem no send me work.

    2. Ayam 100% with Fashola. Fashola for president!

  2. Hmmmmm.

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  3. To get the contract Nko? Money must pass different places.

  4. They simply can't give what they do not have.

  5. Bid doesn't have past tense. So nigerian firm bid for it.

    1. Sanu! Engrissh major

  6. Maybe if they bid, the contract won't still get to them, so why bother.

    Very soon we the citizenry will start voting in foreigners to govern us, mbok?


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