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This is a public enlightenment piece that is most useful to Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora as well as prospective investors in the Nigerian economy based anywhere in the world. COVID-19 has come on the scene and nothing, therefore, is too much for patriots to do to contribute to efforts at making Nigeria survive. The news emerged last year that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken further steps to boost Nigeria’s economy through the adoption of policies made in furtherance of the execution of the Presidential Executive Order 5 that deals with the inclusion of Nigerians in the production cycle and to enable them get preferential opportunities for jobs that would be created in the country.  Mr. President has directed all Nigerian security agencies and hospitals to patronise locally textile companies for their uniforms, and has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPR) to ensure ministries, agencies and departments comply with the directive. Additionally, Buhari has reportedly directed other uniform services and hospitals to patronise the Nigerian Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) industries to grow the economy. PROCLAMATION: In a proclamation entitled “Presidential Executive Order for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology,’’ President Muhammadu Buhari, pursuant to the authority vested in him by the Constitution, signed on Friday, February 2, 2018 the Executive Order No. 5 (“EO5”) by which all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (“MDAs”) of government were directed to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects and maximise in-country capacity in all contracts and transactions with science, engineering and technology components. The Executive Order took effect immediately. This is a realistic and bold step may that would certainly protect and keep local industries running and improve the nation’s economy. It is also projected that the gesture will form the plank for generating thousands of jobs. The first step towards actualizing this encouraging objective actually commenced in 2016, with the inauguration of 283 locally made vehicles purchased by the Federal Road Safely Commission. The injection of 283 vehicles to the FRSC’s fleet was said to be the first time such large number of operational vehicles would be introduced at a go in the 28 year history of the corps. Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi commented that said the approval for the vehicles’ purchase symbolised “the sustained intent of the Federal…

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