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FG okays N1.6bn for e-govern­ment pro­cure­ment

- By Muideen Olaniyi Business · Politics · Industries · Federal Executive Council · World Bank · World Health Organization · U.S. government · Nigeria · Supply Chain Management · Minister of Communications (Israel) · Federal Government of Nigeria

The Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil yes­ter­day ap­proved N1.6bn for e-govern­ment pro­cure­ment.

Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral, Bureau for Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment, Mam­man Ah­madu, an­nounced this to State House re­porters af­ter the FEC meet­ing.

Ah­madu said the adop­tion of e-govern­ment pro­cure­ment would re­duce cor­rup­tion to the barest min­i­mum as the hu­man in­ter­face within the process de­creased.

He said: “E-govern­ment pro­cure­ment has the po­ten­tial of im­prov­ing pro­cure­ment process, elim­i­nate cor­rup­tion and re­duce the leak time in the pro­cure­ment process it­self. There have been a lot of com­plaints about the long time it takes to go through the due process. With the es­tab­lish­ment of this, we will re­duce that time.

“It also re­moves sub­jec­tiv­ity from the process. There have been lots of com­plaints about sub­jec­tiv­ity in the ap­proval process, that will be dealt with squarely when it is even­tu­ally launched.

“E-govern­ment pro­cure­ment is a global trend and from the re­search car­ried out by the World Bank, it had been estab­lished that coun­tries that have taken off with e-govern­ment pro­cure­ment have wit­nessed ex­po­nen­tial eco­nomic growth and they have stim­u­lated ICT in those coun­tries.”

The Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Dig­i­tal Econ­omy, Isa Pan­tami, said the FEC also ap­proved the na­tional pol­icy on vir­tual en­gage­ments in fed­eral pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions.

It’s a joint mem­o­ran­dum between Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Dig­i­tal

Econ­omy and the Of­fice of the Head of Civil Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion.

Pan­tami said: “In Jan­uary 2020 as we all know, the world had been taken by sur­prise with the emer­gence of COVID-19 in which the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clared it as a global health chal­lenge. By 11th March 2020, WHO de­clared it as a pan­demic and that COVID-19 has dis­rupted the world and the way we con­duct our ac­tiv­i­ties and now vir­tual en­gage­ments are be­com­ing the new nor­mal.

“It is be­cause of this that we came up with a memo that will in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize vir­tual en­gage­ments in fed­eral pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions in or­der to make sure that even af­ter COVID, vir­tual en­gage­ment is rec­og­nized by the Fed­eral Govern­ment of Nige­ria as a medium of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. It is be­cause of this we came up with this memo.”

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