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August 18, 2011

Romoko W. Ahmad

The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has vowed to end the loss of millions of naira annually going to private pockets during awards of contracts especially at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

BPP’s Director-General Dr Emeka Ezeh said this yesterday during a workshop to sensitise staff of the ministry on the need to be prudent in the award of contracts and purchase of office equipments.

Ezeh, who was represented by Engr Nnebolisa Emordi, accused contractors of sharp practices, adding that the rate of corruption in the federal civil service has become worrisome.

The bureau also expressed fears that ministry officials, just like other government agencies, seem comfortable continuing the ugly trend despite years of signing the Public Procurement Act into law since 2007.

A good number of procurement officers of MDA’s are daily scuttling the efforts of the Bureau through collusion with contractors, tampering with bids to favour some contractors as well as causing an undue delays in the procurement processes when they notice that their preferred bidders are not favoured,” he said.

He said staff of the ministry who go against approved public procurement rules should hurry to reserve a place for themselves at Kuje Prisons.