Centre pledges to promote productivity
There is conscious effort by the National Productivity Centre (NPC) to promote productivity in both private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy.
The Director of the Centre, Dr Kashim Akor, who stated this in Abuja while speaking during the opening of expression of interest for consultancy services, hinted that the opening of the bids for other services would come up in due course.
The NPC DG said the exercise was not just about promoting transparency and accountability, but to ensure government gets value for money, saying, for whatever fund that is expended, there must be justification, satisfactory and value for such money.
He hinted that the Centre, which was established by the Federal Government to implement policies and programmes aimed at boosting productivity of players in the Nigerian economy, explained that there is a new vigour by the Centre to engage ministries, agencies and parastatals of government in its drive to increase productivity in the country.
“The Centre was established to implement policies and programmes to ensure that every sector of the Nigerian economy improves on its productivity. As a matter of fact, whatever endeavour every Nigerian engages in whether at home or at work, we must be productive. This is why the Federal Government set up the Centre as an institutional framework to ensure that all energies are creatively channelled towards the promotion of productivity in Nigeria,” On his part, the Centre’s Director of Procurement, Dr Raji Mustapha, explained the contractual process the bids would be subjected to.
He explained: “After evaluating these submissions by the technical committee which has been approved by the Director General, who is the Chairman of the tenders’ board, we shall evaluate these companies technically and the evaluation will now lead to shortlisting the qualified companies. These shortlisted companies will now be invited for defence of proposals and the financials. Here at the at the NPC, because we are also researchers, we sometime invite companies to come and make presentations to us as a part of the technical evaluation. But that depends on the kind of projects that we have and the assessment of the tender evaluation committee.”
He added that the essence of the opening of bid is to ensure transparency, value for money and shared competition amongst all the companies that participated in the exercise.
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