Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said that the federal government remains committed to various procurement reforms in the country.
This is even as the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) maintained that public procurement officers have a crucial role to play in national infrastructure development in terms of skills and competencies that are critical to delivering a transparent public procurement system which will guarantee good value for money.
Speaking to journalists during the 2018 Procurement Officers’ Conversion Training in Lagos yesterday, Mustapha said the government is aware of the calls for the procurement system to hasten the process of delivering critical services and infrastructure to the citizenry.
He stated that its office has confidence in the BPP to coordinate implementation of the public procurement reform (PPR). Mustapha who was represented by the director, office to the SGF, Mbaeri Nnamdi, further said the government’s position is to ensure that procurement processes are perfected in such a way that corruption antics will be reduced drastically.
“We understand that the government spends so much on projects, contracts and in doing that, it requires a strategy to position the regulatory agency in a manner whereby corruption tendencies are minimised and project abandonment is reduced because if BPP is not well positioned, then the agency will not be in a position to tackle some of the challenges that people naturally see from time to time in procurement processes,” he explained.
Director-general of BPP, Mamman Ahmadu, who was represented by director, Energy Infrastructure, BPP, Babatunde Kuye, explained that in view of the government’s commitments training of the officers in the cadre remains a continuous and sustained exercise at the Bureau.
“By the time we finish the conversion training including the subsequent editions, all officers in the procurement department of all agencies of federal government would be professional procurement officers,”he said.
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