The director-general, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mamman Ahmadu, has said efficient implementation of public procurement activities would lead to national development.
Ahmadu stated that the permanent secretaries who by virtue of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 were designated and recognised as the accounting officers and by reason of their strategic positioning, were at the heart of public procurement process, should ensure compliance of the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government.
He emphasised that the officers at the highest echelon of the civil service constitute the nation’s bureaucracy in the implementation of the public procurement activities.
He made the remarks at the 2019 Edition of the Annual Permanent Secretaries Retreat on Public Procurement held at the Lagos Continental Hotel, on Saturday, April 26, 2019.
The retreat, the director – general said was to enhance the capacity of federal permanent secretaries and to equip them with the necessary requirements to provide adequate leadership for the public procurement process.
He said there was the need for regular engagements of public workers because it allows for interaction to deepen understanding of the process through relevant information, enhance the reform by sharing experiences and knowledge and to further build capacity.
Ahmadu opined that the retreat was also to enable the provision of the desired orientation to the new permanent secretaries appointed since the last retreat in 2018, and to further increase the capacity of the older ones to align them with the dynamics of the reform in the public procurement system.
Ahmadu appealed to the permanent secretaries to prioritise the patronage of the Public Procurement Research Centres (PPRCs) in Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and University of Lagos being supported by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) aimed at providing hand-on skills for participants to enhance their job performance.
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