‘Why professionals should be engaged in Nigeria’s procurement activities’
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN) has called on President, Muhammadu Buhari to engage the services of professionals in the nation’s procurement activities.
The President of the institute, Diekola Oyewo, said the institute, which boasts of seasoned professionals across various sectors, should not be or marginalised neglected when carrying out procurement activities in a country.
Oyewo, during its 2016 Group A induction ceremony of new members into the institute, stressed that Buhari in his manifesto, highlighted procurement as key to economic growth, due to the fact that about 75 to 80 per cent of the nation’s budget centres around procurement.
In his words, “Any government that does not give procurement activities the necessary attention it desires is not a serious government. I believe strongly that procurement is a candidate for serious concentration and a professional body that engages about 70 per cent of the nation’s budget should be taken seriously.”
“Buhari has a head of state knows the level of damage corruption has cost the nation and I also believe he is capable of bringing sanity to the system,” he added.
According to him, the country is blessed with well-trained local and international professionals who deserve to be put in rightful positions in the nation’s procurement activities, noting that until this is done, the country will continue to thread in darkness.
“Procurement should be done by professionals, not quacks. We are trained for procurement and until they recognise the need for professionals to carry out procurement activities for this great country, we will not achieve the desired growth we want,” he said.
The president further blamed politics for the unprofessional acts in the country, saying that quacks end up occupying positions they have little or no knowledge about.
He however charged the new inductees to take issues of professionalism and ethics seriously, adding that the two qualities are Siamese twins.
“Any attempt to separate them is sure to bring disrepute, not only to the offenders but also to the employers, the nation at large and the offender’s nucleus family,” he said.
He added that as professionals, the inductees will be entrusted with huge sum of money for making purchases and as a consequence, pressure will be mounted on them to exercise partiality with regards to purchases.
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