Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, has signed Executive Order 11 into law, a new rule which necessitates the government to make public building maintenance a mandatory obligation. ayokinews.com reports
Buhari directed all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of Government (MDAs), to set up maintenance departments in accordance with the provisions of the new Executive Order 11, which he signed just before the start of the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
According to him, the maintenance of public infrastructures is not just a culture, but also an economy that employs many Nigerians.
Following the Federal Executive Council’s approval, the directive now provides legal backing to the country’s national maintenance strategy, Buhari added.
Buhari went on to say that the government had already begun to use the strategy to give some of its facilities, such as the Federal Secretariat in Abuja and 24 others around the country, a facelift.
“Since the approval of the policy by the Federal Executive Council, the federal government has consciously started the implementation of maintenance of strategic facilities like the federal secretariat Abuja and federal secretariats in 24 states of the federation, where at least 40 people are now daily employed in each of those 24 secretariats.
“The office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has approved the establishment of a department of federal public assets maintenance as a vital step in support of the implementation of this national policy, which is unprecedented in our history and approach to maintenance.
“In order to ensure the fullest implementation and impact of the policy, it is my pleasure to sign this Executive Order that ties maintenance direct to our economy.
“By this Order, I expect Ministries, Departments and Agencies to set out and ensure the operation of their maintenance departments and make necessary procurements for their maintenance in accordance with the provisions of the public procurement act,” he stated.