FG to ban con­trac­tors, con­sul­tants not on its data­base

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Hamisu Muham­mad

The federal govern­ment has warned that it would ban any con­trac­tor, con­sul­tant or ser­vice provider that did not reg­is­ter with the Na­tional Data­base.

The warn­ing was handed down yes­ter­day in Abuja by Min­is­ter of Jus­tice, Mo­hammed Bello Adoke, at the 2014 An­nual Con­trac­tors/ Con­sul­tants and Ser­vice Providers fo­rum, or­gan­ised by the Bureau of Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment (BPP).

Rep­re­sented by Mrs Olu­sola Moore, the min­is­ter said fail­ure to reg­is­ter with the Na­tional Data­base con­tra­vened the Pro­cure­ment Act, adding that con­trac­tors will not be al­lowed to op­er­ate with­out reg­is­ter­ing.

The min­is­ter said that com­pa­nies that failed to sub­mit them­selves to reg­is­tra­tion on the data­base will be ex­cluded from govern­ment con­tracts and their own­ers may be jailed.

He ex­plained: “The essence of the pro­vi­sions of the law high­lighted above is to stress the need for rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers to get reg­is­tered un­der the e-plat­form in or­der to guar­an­tee the con­tin­ued par­tic­i­pa­tion of their com­pa­nies in federal pro­cure­ment.”

The Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Act, 2007, re­quired that the BPP should “main­tain a Na­tional Data­base of the par­tic­u­lars and clas­si­fi­ca­tion and cat­e­gori­sa­tions of Federal Con­trac­tors and Ser­vice Providers and to Pre­scribe clas­si­fi­ca­tions and cat­e­gori­sa­tions for the com­pa­nies on the reg­is­ter.”

The agency com­menced the reg­is­tra­tion in Novem­ber 2012.

Data from the BPP ob­tained by Daily Trust showed that only 1,251 con­trac­tors and ser­vice providers have reg­is­tered on the data­base from the date of de­ploy­ment to the end of 2013.

In the reg­is­ter, about 127 com­pa­nies reg­is­tered un­der Works, 111 com­pa­nies reg­is­tered un­der Goods while 145 com­pa­nies reg­is­tered un­der Ser­vice cat­e­gory.

The re­main­ing 868 com­pa­nies are yet to com­plete their reg­is­tra­tion and, thus, have not cho­sen their cat­e­gories or line of busi­ness.

Speak­ing at the fo­rum, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of BPP, Emeka M. Ezeh, said the data­base was im­per­a­tive due to the chal­lenges faced in han­dling the con­trac­tors.

He said some con­trac­tors were mak­ing the con­tract award pro­cesses very dif­fi­cult by bid­ding for con­tracts that they don’t have the ca­pac­ity to ex­e­cute. He said some con­trac­tors used to give false in­for­ma­tion in their bid­ding documents even though they are aware that such acts are pun­ish­able of­fences.

He said the fo­rum was crit­i­cal in the ef­fort to sani­tise the ac­tiv­i­ties of the con­trac­tors and ser­vice providers and pre­vent them from mak­ing un­so­licited mis­takes.

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