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FG okays N1.6bn for e-government procuremen­t

- By Muideen Olaniyi

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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