stories By Chika Okeke, Abuja
Experts in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has pleaded with governments at all levels not to implement projects without adequate feasibility studies, proper planning and supervision.
This is even as they pleaded with political office holders to support the implementation of the Ministry’s projects in line with the Public Procurement Act 2007, guidelines and other extant rules governing public procurement.
This was contained in a communique issued at the end of a 3-day retreat for top Management Officers and Chief Executive Officers of the Ministry in Abuja.
It noted the need for the National Assembly to amend the Public Procurement Act, 2007 with a view to reducing the time frame of the procurement process even as it sought for capacity building for officials involved in public procurement.
The experts tasked foreign companies involved in construction projects to sublet certain components of the projects to indigenous contractors with a view to building their capacity.
“Procuring entities should strictly adhere to the approved threshold as contained in the Procurement Guidelines issued by the Bureau of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and other extant rules and they should have the procurement planning committee that will fast track the procurement process based on budget proposals without necessarily waiting for the passage of the Appropriation Act”.
It called for thorough scrutiny of payments to consultants for project supervision in order to obtain maximum value for money even as it urged that the relationship between the Ministry and its parastatals should be based on respect, understanding and clear communication for effective service delivery.