The Federal Government and the states have been enjoined to ensure due process in their procurement exercises.
The Procurement Professionals Association of Nigeria made the call at the stakeholders’ workshop on public procurement in Abuja.
Chairman of the association, Mr Wahab Toye, speaking during the opening session, stated that an effective public procurement system would promote good governance, transparency, accountability and value for money in the execution of government projects.
While procurement professionals would continue to play key roles in Nigeria’s journey towards economic greatness, Mr Toye said there was the need to turn the risks and threats along the procurement value chain into opportunities.
“Since public funds were often tailored towards the provision of infrastructure, the public contracting system has to be incorruptible,” he stressed.
Stressing that the procurement reforms had been gaining grounds at federal and state levels, Mr Toye urged the two tiers to implement the procurement law effectively.
«Having the law is one thing, implementation is actually the other aspect,’’ he said. Toye, who urged members of the association to adhere strictly to the rules and regulation of the Public Procurement Act of 2007, stated that this would assist in promoting quality and productivity in the execution of public projects.
Also speaking at the event, Managing Director, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Bonny, Mr Babs Omotowa, urged procurement practitioners to use their skills in securing value for money in the execution of government projects.
He said since Nigeria had become the largest economy in Africa following the rebasing of the Gross Domestic Product, there is need to creatively enhance the procurement process in both the private and public sector. The workshop has as its theme, ‘Public procurement as a veritable tool for achieving good governance, socio-economic and political objectives of government.”