Institute pioneers E-procurement in Nigeria
Foremost teachers’ training institution in Nigeria, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE), Ondo, has set yet another pace in utilising information technology to drive its procurement processes.
Still bogged down in the 21st century with traditional means of procurement in the private and public sectors, archaic system, which often times make institutions susceptible to high level and unimaginable fraud, ACE has initiated this innovation to bring the nation out of the wood.
The Provost of the college, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, while having an interface with The Guardian on the novel achievement and many others, affirmed that the initiative would change the face of procurement in the Nigerian public sector.
According to Ogen, having realised that the college like other parastatals is not insulated from the possible risks of over-pricing, purchase fraud, purchase of inferior or sub-standard items, contract over-pricing and other vices, the innovation becomes imperative.
He disclosed that the college mandated its IT infrastructure provider to develop and deploy an electronic price and projects monitoring ePPMS and an e-procurement software in line with Section 5 (q-r) and Section 16 (12) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
“The primary goal of this world class innovation is to develop, update and maintain a robust digital database that will make the procurement system more transparent, fair, faster, efficient and competitive, thus reducing the opportunities for manipulation and corruption.
“Of course, this is a major feat, considering the fact that our College appears to be the only public institution where this has been successfully adopted and effectively deployed,” he said.