The Bureau of Public Procurement says it is working with the Secretary to the Government of Federation to sanction agencies engaging unverified procurement officers as part of its enforcement exercise.
The Director-General of the BPP, Mamman Ahmadu, made this known at the opening ceremony of the second edition of the 2019 conversion training for procurement officers in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Lagos.
He said that transparency, competition, quality and the attainment of value-for-money were central to the procurement process.
Ahmadu, who was represented by BPP Director, Energy and Infrastructure, Babatunde Kuye, said the BPP was working with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Federal University of Technology Owerri and the University of Lagos to ensure standardisation of courses and researches directly impacting the economy, environmental and the social needs of the country.
“We therefore do not have an alternative route to good public procurement practice. It is for this reason that we must continue to harp on its importance and internalise its details in order to effectively implement it. The public service is the engine room for change, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that all sections of the law governing public procurement are fully put into practice,” he said.
Ahmadu added that the bureau was working with some agencies of government to address specific structural and capacity challenges in their procurement processes.
“In the same vein, as part of the procurement reform, Federal Government with support from the World Bank has approved six centres of excellence across the six geo-political zones to train and have graduates at the Master, Post Graduate Diploma and advanced certificates in procurement, environmental and social safety for both the public and private sectors.”
This, he added, would support the efforts of the BPP in providing right skills for its workforce.
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