BUREAU OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
Mrs. Stella O. Adejoh (PhD)
Director General, Bureau of Public Procurement
ACHIEVEMENTS OF BUREAU OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT (JANUARY 2016 to April 2017)
The Bureau of Public Procurement started humbly as Due Process Office in 2005 and during that time, provided skeletal services as was contained in the guidelines issued to it. Over the years, its importance grew and the need to back their operations by Law became evident.
The arrival of the Public Sector Governance and Development Project in 2012 marked a significant phase in the life of Due Process Office. Recognizing it as an Activity Executing Agency, it swung into action by giving the needed Lobby/Push at the State House of Assembly, which helped in the passage of the Kogi State Public Procurement Act. The project also played a key role that eventually saw the Act signed into Law in November, 2014.
However, it was not until January, 2016 that a Director-General was appointed by the former administration, an act that simultaneously transformed the Due Process Office into a brand new Kogi State Bureau of Public Procurement. To further reposition the Bureau for the achievement of its objectives, the New Direction Government of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello gave the Bureau its seal of authority by inaugurating the State Council on Public Procurement on the 26th of January 2017.
The Council members include,
· the Secretary to Kogi State Government as the Chairman
· the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Development
· the Attorney General & Commissioner of Justice
· the Head of Service
· the Commissioner for Budget and Planning
· the Chairman, Forum of Local Government Chairmen, Kogi State
· the Director General of the Bureau who will also serve as the Council Secretary all as permanent members, while six part –time members to represent
· the Special Adviser to the Governor, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
· State Auditor –General
· Nigerian Union of Local Government (NULGE)
· Nigerian Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management
· Nigerian Society of Engineers and
· Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.
The objectives of the Bureau, which are enumerated in section 4 of the Public Procurement Law 2014 include:-
§ The harmonization of existing government policies and practices on public procurement and ensuring probity, accountability and transparency in procurement process;
§ The establishment of pricing standards and benchmarks;
§ Ensuring the application of fair, competitive, transparent, value – for-money standards and practices for the procurement and disposal of public assets, services; and
§ The attainment of transparency, competitiveness, cost effectiveness and professionalism in the public sector procurement system.
Here under is a list of our modest achievements between January 2016 and April 2017.
1. Created minimal awareness among Ministries Departments and Agencies on Procurement Processes (MDAs).
2. Stimulated Due Process Practices in MDA’s with many MDAs becoming more responsive.
3. Produced 1,500 copies of the Procurement Law (Assisted by the World Bank sponsored Public Sector Governance Reform and Development Projects, Kogi State Project Office PSGRDP).
4. Produced standard bidding documents, Request for Proposals and Procurement manuals for use in the State (Assisted by the same PSGRDP).
5. Training of 120 staff across MDA’s on the use of the standard bidding documents (Assisted by PSGRDP).
6. The Bureau is presently classifying and categorizing all eligible companies/firm willing to do business with the State.
7. The Bureau is also engaged in routine issuance of certificate of “No Objection” and certificate of “ Due Process” for contracts awards for all public procurements within the State.
8. Developed a template for Procurement Planning (Assisted by PSGRDP).