December 7, 2022

Nigeria needs to revise procurement documents to address shortcomings

Ahmadu said this Tuesday in Lagos in a speech at a stakeholder workshop on the review of draft standard bidding and contract documents used for the procurement of goods, works and services.

He said the documents currently in use were developed in 2009 and last updated in 2011.

“Experience gained in the use of these documents has shown that they are not suitable for large, complex and dynamic procurement of goods, services and the administration of contracts arising from their use.

“It is with this in mind that the BPP, as a public procurement regulator, has decided to respond to the challenges identified.

“The aim is to bring them up to date with current international best practices while ensuring that national interests are well taken into account, for the purposes of national development,” he said.

Ahmadu, who was represented by Mr. Babatunde Kuye, Director, Energy Infrastructure, BPP, said the ultimate goal was to ensure transparency and promote competition.

Other goals, he said, included cost efficiency and professionalism in the public sector procurement system and disposal of public assets in line with global practices.

The BPP boss noted that a lot has happened in procurement, both locally and internationally, since the development of the existing tender documents, hence the urgent need for an exam.

He said the process of reviewing existing procurement documents and developing new ones has been activated with the engagement of a consultant with global experience to help drive the process.

“Draft procurement documents have been produced and shared with relevant stakeholders.

“The aim is to create an opportunity to collect valuable contributions from all public procurement actors.

“We expect stakeholders to discuss key clauses of interest, synergize diverse perspectives, and incorporate them into the documents being reviewed and developed.”

He urged stakeholders to seize the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing public procurement reform to ensure public procurement-led national development.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Alhaji Ishaq Yahaya, Director of Oversight and Compliance, said the review of the country’s procurement documents had become necessary given the emerging challenges.

He said the workshop would show what had been developed to stimulate discussions among stakeholders.

“We expect stakeholders to point out areas we haven’t covered and areas we shouldn’t have included,” he said.

He underscored the need for Nigeria to address procurement issues in the country to promote transparency and national growth.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that similar stakeholder workshops are scheduled to be held in three other centers – Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja. (NAN) (nannews.ng)

Edited by Ephraim Sheyin