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BPP, National Assembly berate MDAs’ poor compliance with procurement act


National Assembly Complex Abuja.

The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and the National Assembly have berated Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the poor compliance with the Public Procurement Act of 2007.
They said compliance by MDAs to this statutory requirement is still abysmally low and drastic decisions must be taken to ensure full compliance, otherwise the country will find it difficult to move forward.

Reviewing the procurement plans submission compliance in 2017, the Director General of the BPP, Maman Amadu, said: “Many MDAs have not taken up process of procurement plan and most hardly reached 50 per cent compliance. They have not performed well. As you saw on the table, some of them have performed very well leaving the highest performance at 50 per cent and the lowest performance at zero per cent. This is not good at all.”

Ahmadu in Calabar, at the 8th retreat for Federal Permanent Secretaries for the review of compliance with the 2017 procurement plans, organized by the Office of the Head of Service in collaboration with the BPP said: “We want them to take procurement planning efficiently. We want resources to be spent for the good of all and the only way we can get that is good performance of the budget through procurement. Capital expenditure is sliding downward and the current expenditure going up. We are looking up to a reversal of that, more money spent on capital and less money on recurrent.”

He said for 2018, “certificate of no objection will not be issued for projects not included in procurement plans and MDAs not complying will be sanctioned. We have to abide by it because it helps us to plan as Section 16 of the act said MDAs should submit procurement records before March ending for current expenditure and June 30 for capital expenditure and despite this, performance by MDAs is low.’’

On his part, the Chairman Senate Committee on Procurement, Senator Joshua Dariye also decried the poor compliance on procurement saying, “If we have a responsibility to this nation, the abysmal performance that we have seen in the chart, it does not speak well of this nation. When this government came on board, they budgeted N11 trillion and if you break that down into projects, that is a lot of money going down the drain. Everybody must sit up.’’

Chairman, House Committee on Procurement, Oluwole Oke said: “Our observation has been that of low adherence or low performance to provisions of the Public Procurement Act hence the importance of this exercise.’’

This retreat is apt, timely, more so as they are having 22 new permanent secretaries on board. For 2018 fiscal year, we expect an improvement in the areas of compliance.”
Chairman, House Committee on Power, Daniel Asuquo also deplored poor procurement processes saying, “at the end of the retreat, we should have a better performance in terms of abiding by lay down processes and procedures to make sure goods and services are procured in line with lay down procedures. You can see at the beginning when the chart was displayed on board, we have a very long way to go when it comes to compliance.’’

The Head of Service, Mrs. Winifred Eyo-Ita, said 2016 retreat brought monumental changes like the Treasury Single Account, she expressed the hope that current retreat “must revert issues of inefficiency, low productivity and civil servants must stand on due process, businessmen and others must play by the rules and this will check corruption, 2018 will not be business as usual.”

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