‘Why FG must set up council for procurement’
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN) has stressed the need for government to set up a national council on public procurement, to checkmate the excesses of the Bureau for Public Procurement of Nigeria (BPP) and reduce mismanagement of fund in Nigeria.
The President of the institute, Mohammed Aliyu, while addressing journalists at a press conference in Lagos, bemoaned the spate at which non-professionals mismanage public funds, when engaged by government to handle procurement operations in Nigeria.
Aliyu noted that establishment of the council became imperative because government invest massively in procurement in Nigeria.
He explained that for Nigeria to tackle the problem of corruption a National council for procurement must be established, while the law establishing the profession in Nigeria must be implemented to the letters.
According to him, it would help to curb the activities of quacks and non-professionals in the system.
“Procurement is a serious business. I think we should develop more than this in terms of procurement so that the issue of corruption can be reduced. Because, that is where the bulk of the money goes. It is through procurement that non-professionals drain the purse of the government and if this is not addressed, development will be a mirage while taxpayers will continue to suffer.
“In united Kingdom last year, law makers were agitating for the creation of ministry of procurement but in Nigeria, we are still battling with setting up a national council for procurement. The council is supposed to regulates the activities of the BPP, but you ask yourself, why has it not been inaugurated till today?
“Immediately this administration came on board, we tabled the matter so that we can operate optimally and play our role as it should, and as enshrined in the law establishing the BPP and CIPSMN.
“They showed the willingness to inaugurate the council but up till now, nothing has happened; it is just like giving a goat to somebody and then, you still hold the rope back. That is what we see playing out.”
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