Budget: FG set to address impediments to procurement contracts

The Bureau of Public Procurement has commenced moves to address any procurement impediment that may affect the smooth implementation of the 2018 budget .

The Director -General , BPP , Mamman Ahmadu, gave the indication while speaking at the opening session of a workshop on public procurement processes.

The 2018 budget , which was designed to consolidate on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, was presented to the National Assembly on November 7 , 2017.
It was passed by the lawmakers on May 16 , transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on May 25 and assented by him on June 20 .

The fiscal document signed by Buhari had a total spending of N9 .1 tn, made up of N2. 87 tn for capital expenditure, N3. 51 tn for recurrent (non -debt ) expenditure and N2. 01 tn projected to be spent on debt servicing .

The BPP DG said the capacity building programme being attended by heads of procurement departments in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government was part of measures to have an all-inclusive procurement process .

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He said as the regulatory agency responsible for the monitoring and oversight of public procurement , the BPP was putting in place adequate measures to have an efficient procurement system.

He said the need to address challenges in the procurement process was based on the conviction that it would help to check the issue of corruption and reduce the number of abandoned projects in the country.

He said, “One of the reasons why we are gathered is to exchange ideas with procurement officers who are in the frontline of public procurement on lessons learnt in the previous year and to develop new skills that will enhance the implementation and performance of the 2018 budget .

“ The bureau, in our drive for innovation in running a sustainable public procurement , is leveraging information technology tools to fight corruption and improve the public procurement process . ”

Ahmadu also said the bureau had upgraded its national database of contractors by integrating it with other agencies such as the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Corporate Affairs Commission .

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This, he said , was aimed at fighting corruption by eliminating the use of falsified documents in the procurement bidding process .

He said , “The exchange of data also is to eradicate the patronage of portfolio companies and prevent companies from providing false claims in their submissions to gain undue competitive advantage .

For instance , the number of personnel a company claims to employ in a bid to secure a contract should match the number making contributions in a pension scheme . ”

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