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Expert canvasses local content policy to tackle infrastructure deficit

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By Godwin Oritse

A FELLOW of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and former director of procurement at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Dr. Samson Opaluwah, has said that a well thought out local content policy will bridge the infrastructural deficit currently being experienced in the country.

Speaking at the recently concluded Nigeria’s construction industry hall of fame, 2017 in Lagos, Opaluwah said that local content involves the commitment of specialized engineering industry to leverage the capacity and capability of indigenous people and businesses in order to support a long-term development of the nation’s infrastructure.

Opaluwah suggested that the template of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No.2 of 2010 whose jurisdiction covers the industry, needs to be adopted for all sectors of the economy pending enactment of a law on content development in Nigeria to govern the economic sector.

Already, there is a draft on this before the National Assembly but Opaluwah opined that every passing day is an opportunity lost for the country.

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