Mamman Ahmadu, the Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), says Nigeria’s development as a nation can be sustained through collective growth and only due process through public procurement can deliver that.
Ahmadu said this while receiving the Edo State Public Procurement Agency (ESPPA) delegation on a study tour/visit for a weeklong procurement activity.
According to him, due process was a welcome development that would help Nigeria achieve its set objectives with the public procurement reform.
He added that the public procurement process in line with transparency and accountability would change the narrative in this administration.
“In this regard, players must be responsible to help Nigeria reach its desired goal by way of treading the path of good governance just like other sane climes.”
According to him, the visit by ESPPA will further consolidate the relationship of the States Procurement Agencies with that of the Federal so that they will be on the same page in the reform process.
Ahmadu told the delegation that the thought behind the establishment of the BPP was a laudable idea and the way to go to salvage Nigeria from the throes of corruption.
“The visionaries who saw the future thought well as due process will revive the economy of our dear country”, he said.
Henry Idogun, the Managing Director, ESPPA, said that building capacity and deepening the procurement process by synergising with BPP was the right thing to do in order to prevent corruption in the country.
He added that ESPPA had a robust E-Procurement Unit (E-Registration) to help in upholding the spirit of transparency which was the hallmark of due process because it allowed for minimal human interface.
The BPP was established by the Public Procurement Act, 2007 as the regulatory authority responsible for the monitoring and oversight of public procurement.
It also harmonises existing government policies and practices by regulating, setting standards and developing the legal framework and professional capacity for public procurement in Nigeria.
This is with the aim of building and sustaining an efficient country procurement system that meets international best practices.