The Nation

October 21, 2011

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and World Bank Vice President, Africa Region, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili have called for transparency and efficient administration of due process in the Public Procurement system.

They spoke at a Sub-National Public Procurement Forum organised by the Rivers State Bureau on Public Procurement in Port Harcourt, yesterday.

Amaechi said: “Due process can only become effective if it is rapid and aimed at driving development.
“The only way due process can become effective is for it to be quick and efficient and measured on the level of delivery.
“It needs to move from the reality of the law to the reality of what needs to be.”
The Governor identified corruption as a major bottleneck to the process as it is sometimes found to be a class struggle for scarce resources and often to the detriment of the poor.

“Our due process is very peculiar, so it should not be to frustrate, it should be full of solutions,” Amaechi advised.
In a keynote address entitled: “Enhancing the effectiveness of government: The role of public procurement reforms,” Mrs.  Ezekwesili acknowledged transparency and development as the hallmark of all Public Procurement processes.
She challenged the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to indulge patience, public education and enlightenment in ensuring that the new regime of public procurement in the country takes deep root in the system.

She also commended Governor Amaechi for leading the vanguard in instituting Due Process in the country and expressed the hope for continuity. “Through your leadership we can actually see decentralization that will happen in Nigeria,” she said.
Also, World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly stressed the need for training and capacity development in public procurement implementation as she pledged the World Bank’s support in advancing Due process in Nigeria.