MDAs get 2 weeks to sub­mit pro­cure­ment record

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Agabi

The Sec­re­tary the Gov­ern­ment the Fed­er­a­tion, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, has given Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment agen­cies a two-week dead­line to col­late and sub­mit their pro­cure­ment records for 2014 to the Bureau of Public Pro­cure­ment (BPP) or risk gov­ern­ment sanc­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Bureau’s Head, Public Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Thomas Odemwingie, the SGF gave this di­rec­tive in Abuja in a key­note ad­dress be­fore declar­ing open a one-day in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion on public pro­cure­ment with pro­cure­ment of­fi­cers of fed­eral min­istries. The ses­sion was or­ga­nized by the BPP.

Rep­re­sented by Dr (Mrs) Ijeoma Unaogu, a Di­rec­tor of Eco­nomic Pol­icy Anal­y­sis in the of­fice of the SGF, Eng Lawal noted that Nige­ria is one of the coun­tries whose pro­cure­ment reg­u­la­tory frame­works and leg­is­la­tions are pat­terned af­ter to of the United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on In­ter­na­tional Trade Law (UNCITRAL) model law on public pro­cure­ment.

Be­ing a sig­na­tory to the United Na­tions Con­ven­tion Against Cor­rup­tion (UNCAC), Nige­ria’s fight against cor­rup­tion, he noted, is statu­to­rily ex­pected to shift from cor­rec­tive to pre­ven­tive mea­sures.

“This will in­volve en­sur­ing strict com­pli­ance with ex­tant reg­u­la­tions and guide­lines on public pro­cure­ment,” he stressed.

On the fail­ure of any MDAs to sub­mit pro­cure­ment records to the BPP, he warned, “For the avoid­ance of doubt, this ad­min­is­tra­tion strictly up­holds the rule of law anda as such, sub­mis­sion of pro­cure­ment records and all other statu­tory re­quire­ments of the Pro­cure­ment Act shall be en­forced by this gov­ern­ment. To this end, I hereby di­rect all MDAs to col­late and sub­mit their pro­cure­ment records for 2014 to the BPP on or be­fore Mon­day, the 26th of Oc­to­ber, 2015.”

Eng Lawal asked the BPP to sub­mit the list of min­istries that fail to com­ply with this di­rec­tive to his of­fice “for ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tions.”

The sanc­tions in­clude “sus­pen­sion of of­fi­cers con­cerned with the pro­cure­ment or dis­posal pro­ceed­ing in is­sue; re­place­ment of the head or any of the mem­bers of the procur­ing or dis­posal unit of any en­tity or the Chair­per­son of the Ten­ders Board as the case may be; pe­nal­is­ing the Ac­count­ing Of­fi­cer of any procur­ing en­tity and tem­po­rary trans­fer of the procur­ing and dis­posal func­tion of a procur­ing and dis­pos­ing en­tity to a third party pro­cure­ment agency or con­sul­tant.

The SGF wel­comed the ef­forts of the BPP to col­lab­o­rate with state gov­ern­ments in or­der to do­mes­ti­cate the Pro­cure­ment Act in their re­spec­tive states to en­sure that the gains of the re­forms tran­scend the fed­eral level to the na­tional level. “Gov­ern­ment will take more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in the Na­tional Public Pro­cure­ment Fo­rum on which the Bureau is al­ready tak­ing the lead,” he said.

He as­sured that the Na­tional Coun­cil on Public Pro­cure­ment would be in­au­gu­rated as soon as gov­ern­ment sat­is­fac­to­rily ad­dresses the is­sues around the body.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari

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