Hamzat urges com­pli­ance with pro­cure­ment laws

The Punch - - NEWS PHOTO - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

THE Lagos State Deputy Gov­er­nor, Obafemi Hamzat, has urged var­i­ous stake­hold­ers within the pro­cure­ment agency to com­ply with the pro­cure­ment laws to ease the trans­ac­tion of busi­ness in the state.

Hamzat said this at the third an­nual pub­lic pro­cure­ment sum­mit of the Lagos State Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Agency with the theme, ‘Pro­cure­ment’.

Hamzat, who was rep­re­sented by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Of­fice of the Deputy Gov­er­nor, Ye­tunde Ode­jare, noted that thence­forth, ex­cuses would not be ten­able from any pro­cure­ment of­fi­cer who failed to com­ply with the laws.

He said, “With all the ac­tiv­i­ties of the procur­ing agency and its staff, ig­no­rance is no more an ex­cuse. I want you to use this sum­mit to ask ques­tions in ar­eas you do not un­der­stand be­cause to be fore­warned is to be fore­armed.

“No­body should be ig­no­rant be­cause the state gov­ern­ment has spent much money to sen­si­tise ev­ery­body to be able to un­der­stand the new sys­tem and com­ply with the rules and reg­u­la­tions. This gov­ern­ment has been sup­port­ing the agency to make sure that any­body that has any­thing to do with Lagos State will per­fect their pa­pers and com­ply with the rules and busi­ness will be done with ease in the state and we all have value for our money.”

The General Man­ager of the PPA, Fatai Onafowote, noted that the sum­mit was to sen­si­tise the stake­hold­ers to how to re­late with third par­ties who were in busi­ness with the state gov­ern­ment.

He said, “The pro­cure­ment agency en­sures that pro­cure­ment laws are fol­lowed in do­ing busi­ness with the state and we need to un­der­stand the modus operandi of the gov­ern­ment it­self be­cause we are deal­ing with the third par­ties who are pri­vate that want to do busi­ness with the gov­ern­ment.”

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