By NWANKWO, Grace Chinasa
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed an executive order for the implementation of the national public building maintenance policy.
The Order now gives legal backing to the country’s national maintenance policy, following its earlier approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The signing of the document preceded the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, to set up maintenance departments in line with the provisions of the new Executive Order.
He said, “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 directly 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.”
The meeting was physically attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan among others.