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Contracts: Gbajabiamila Seeks Upperhand For Local Contruction Firms

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that the lawmaking body  is planning to amend the Construction Industry Development Bill 2012 to make it compulsory for government and private organisations to give Nigerian firms higher chances when awarding construction contracts.

Hon. Gbajabiamila made the disclosure in a short statement issued late Tuesday.

According to the lawmaker, the House of Representatives is planning to amend the Construction Industry Development Bill 2012 to make it compulsory for government and private organisations to give Nigerian firms higher chances when awarding construction contracts.

If and when passed, the bill will make the Federal Government’s ministries, departments and agencies to reserve 20 per cent of job slots for physically-challenged Nigerians.

The law is being proposed in a bill sponsored by the Speaker, Gbajabiamila.

A copy of the bill was obtained by ElombahNews, states:

“This bill seeks to provide for the development of Nigerian content in the Nigerian construction industry and any other sectors connected thereto; to give room for full participation of Nigerians in the development of the economy of the country.”

The bill states that the proposed law would apply to “all matters pertaining to Nigerian content in respect of all operations or transactions carried out in or connected with the Nigerian construction industry or the award of general contracts.”

It adds, “A firm, contractor or sub-contractor who carries out any project contrary to the provision of this Act, commits an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine of five per cent of the project sum for each project in which the offence is committed or cancellation of the project where applicable.

“All regulatory authorities, operators, contractors, subcontractors, alliance partners and other entities involved in any projects, operation, activity or transaction in the Nigerian construction industry or in the award of general contract shall consider Nigerian content as an important element of their overall project development and management philosophy for project execution.

“Nigerian firms shall be given first consideration in the award of general contract and in all projects for which contract is to be awarded in the construction industry. Compliance with the provisions of this Act and promotion of Nigerian content development shall be a major criterion for the award of contract in the construction industry or any other sector connected thereto.”

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