The director general, Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) Alhaji Maman Ahmadu yesterday in Kano called on all the federal permanent secretaries to collectively ensure the judicious use of funds and avoid bad procurement practice that could lead to insufficient procurements and litigations.
He maintained that the call had become necessary in view of the emerging negative trend affecting the prices of oil, which is the mainstay of the nation’s economy. The DG made the charge yesterday at the 2019 Retreat for Federal Permanent Secretaries held in Kano.
According to him, “ it is important to remind us of the declining prices of crude oil which is our main source of financing the nation’s budget. This has put more pressure on the already insufficient funds for our national development.”
The DG who explained that the annual retreat is organised by the BPP in collaboration with the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation said that it is one of the most important activities of the Bureau in recent times.
He pointed out that the retreat is aimed at widening the horizon of the permanent secretaries given their roles as top echelon of the nation’s bureaucracy that are involved in the implementation of public procurement reforms.
In her remarks, the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan hailed the BPP for organising the annual retreat for permanent secretaries.
While tracing their constitutional roles the HOS said according to financial regulations the term “Accounting officer” means the Permanent Secretary of a Ministry or Head of an Extra – Ministerial office in charge of and responsible for all human, and material, financial resources which are critical inputs in the management of the organisation.”