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Most corruption perpetrated through procurement sector -ICPC

Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI Prof Mohammed Haruna

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has advocated the strengthening of the nation’s procurement procedures to promote integrity and accountability in public service.

The Chairman of ICPC Prof Bolaji  Owasanoye who stated this in Abuja at a procurement Capacity Building organized by the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP said most corruption practices are committed through the  procurement sector.

Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said the devastating effect of corruption to the society and the economy was alarming as it poses   threat to democracy.

He noted that the training was apt as it would enhance the capacity of officers handling government business, efficiency and integrity in service delivery.

The ICPC Chairman who was represented by a former senator Anthony Agbo maintained that the training which was aimed at building the capacity of principal officers of NASENI on the standard processes and guiding rules of operations in the delivery of procurement activities as enshrined in the public Act 2007 was germane.

He said “The essence of this training therefore cannot be overemphasized as it promises to enhance the capacity of the key officers to handle government businesses at all times to display and showcase integrity, efficiency and service delivery”.

The Auditor General for the Federation Mr Aghughu  Adulphus who was optimistic that the outcome of training would go a long way in tackling the challenges in public procurement urged the NASENI Officers to be guided by provision of the Financial Regulations, 2009 which requires  public officers to exercise due economy in their operations.

In his words “Absence of transparency, accountability and fiscal discipline were the main reasons why law on public procurement was enacted in 2007.

Mr  Agbughu  Adulphus was represented by his Technical Adviser Alhaji Apoti Salawu who  called for altitudinal change towards public procurement and listed strategic ways NASENI could be above  board in procurement practices.

Some of these are:

 Ensuring that all procurements are appropriated for.

 Ensuring that all contract awards are made by the appropriate tenders Board.

 Ensure that the public receives value for every naira of taxpayers’ money spent 

 Ensure that no money is paid for work poorly executed.

 Ensure to keep adequate and up to date records of all procurements.

He emphasized that violation to the stipulated rules would attract penalty.

For the representative of the Bureau of Public Procurement Mr Babatunde Kuyesaid their responsibility was to educate and ensure public servants follow due process in public procurement and give less work to the ICPC and the EFCC.”Our own delight is that, we let the people know due process so that the possibilities of giving work the ICPC and the EFCC is reduced “.

Earlier, the Executive Vice Chairman of NASENI Prof Mohammed Haruna explained that the Agency was committed to training and retraining of its staffs believed that it could not afford to compromise on standard especially now that government had improved their funding and status.

 Prof Haruna explained that the collaboration with BPP would help the Agency to address any loopholes in the discharge of their responsibilities especially with the new status of the Agency.

Prof Haruna called on the participants to avail themselves the opportunity of the training with the calibers of the resource persons and ensure to use the acquired  knowledge in public procurement for effective service delivery and ensure government have value for its money.

Reporting by Rabi Momoh, editing by Daniel Adejo