From Elohor Igbru, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Executive Order 11 on national public buildings maintenance. By this law, there is now a legal backing for a national maintenance policy which would ensure public institutions are not left to decay over time.
The signing of the document preceded the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking shortly before appending his signature, the President Buhari directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDA’s, to set up maintenance departments in line with the provisions of the new Executive Order.
He also said that government had already started utilising the policy to give face lift to some of its buildings like the federal secretariat Abuja and 24 others spread across the country.
Buhari: “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.”