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Centre moves to boost transparency in procurement process 

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Kashim Akor


The National Productivity Centre (NPC) has moved to boost transparency in procurement process through financial bid opening for contracts for goods, services and works.

Director-General of National Productivity Centre (NPC), Dr. Kashim Akor, said opening up the bid process for Nigerians to participate in the contracts procedure was meant to enthrone transparency, value for money and accountability.

He said opening up the bid to the public was in strict compliance with the Procurement Act 2007.  He said the Act was aimed at ensuring value for money, transparency and adherence to due process in the way procurement is done. 

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He said: “The Centre has the choice of going to Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to request for certificate of no objection once BPP is convinced. But we felt that all the jobs we have should be thrown to the public to express interest. Principally, what we are doing is to ensure transparency and value for money and giving equal opportunity to all Nigerians.”
   
On his part, Director, Procurement, Dr. Mustapha Raji, said while many agencies of government cited COVID-19 to adopt selective bidding, the Centre opted for open bid to deepen transparency and accountability of its processes.  
   
He dispelled the notion that companies that quote the lowest figure will get the jobs.
      
He explained: “It is not necessarily companies that quote lowest figures that will get the jobs. No. That is not how it works. Goods and works are given to companies that quote responsibly. For services, companies must meet the requirements to provide high-quality services before they are considered irrespective of the quotations. There are scores for technical evaluations of companies. To be considered, a company must score at least 70 per cent of the evaluation. Secondly, antecedents and past performances, equipment to execute the job are indices that are designed by the BPP.”   

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