Nigerian Government To Begin E-Procurement In Six Ministries

e-Procurement in ministriesThe Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to start the pilot phase of electronic procurement (E-Procurement) systems in six ministries.

The government says a total of 48 billion Naira is expected to be saved from the new initiative.

The Acting Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, Mr Ahmed Abdu, announced the plan on Monday while speaking at a meeting on procurement in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He explained that the savings from the e-procurement platform would represent five per cent of savings from the recurrent expenditure and three per cent on capital expenditure.

Mr Abdu said some of the ministries to start the e-procurement process are health, education, agriculture, transport, water resources, as well as that of works, power and housing.

The administration of Muhammadu Buhari has stressed that it would cut down the cost of governance to ensure that the nation’s revenue which had declined due to the drop in the price of crude oil will not affect development.

The government is looking to save funds as much as it could to cater for the over two trillion Naira deficit in the 2016 budget.

FG Reassures On Proper Implementation Of 2016 Budget

Ahmed Zainab, Budget ImplementationFederal Government of Nigeria has reassured the nation that it will give priority attention to infrastructure, agriculture and power in the implementation of the 2016 budget.

This was said by the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Ahmed Zainab, at a meeting with members of Civil Society Organizations in Abuja on the implementation of the 2016 budget.

Over one month after the 2016 appropriation bill was passed by the National Assembly, some members of the civil society organizations have expressed their concerns about its implementation.

Some of them in the meeting were especially concerned with how the Federal Government would implement the 30% earmarked for capital projects.

A total of 6.06 trillion was appropriated for the 2016 fiscal year by the Federal Government with over two trillion deficit to be financed by borrowing recovered loots.

The Acting Director-General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, Ahmed Abdul, said that government would save over 40 billion Naira to finance capital projects with the adoption of electronic purchasing system in its offices.

The 2016 budget is referred to by the incumbent government as a ‘budget of change’ but analysts say the change the budget proposes depends so much on its implementation.

Public Procurement: Lawmakers Advocate Reform To Check Corruption

Public ProcurementLawmakers in Nigeria’s House of Representatives say corruption will continue unless there is a complete reform of the public procurement process.

The lawmakers at the Lower House of the National Assembly made the observation at a meeting with officials of the Bureau for Public Procurement on the impact of procurement reforms in Nigeria.

They maintained that Nigeria could not continue to be defrauded of billions of dollars by a few people encouraged by the failure of the enforcement agencies and the laws of the land.

The House Committee Chairman on Public Procurement, Wole Oke, and the House Minority Whip, Yakubu Barade, gave their thoughts on the reform process.

They said that frequent breaches of the act had put Nigeria in an era of corruption, with failure of enforcement by agencies.

To change this trend, a Public Procurement Scholar and Consultant, Dr. Sope Williams-Elegbe, stressed the importance for legislative, institutional and organisational changes in public procurement reforms.

The Public Procurement Act of 2007 was enacted to sanitise the public contracting system in Nigeria and eliminate corruption in public procurement.

FEC Set Up Committee On South East Erosion

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has set up a committee to assess erosion projects in the south east to ascertain their completion periods.

The committee which is headed by the Director-General, Bureau for Public Procurement, Engineer Emeka Eze is to check the extent of damage caused by the age-long erosion, report contractors that are not fulfilling the details of their contracts and check the environmental effects of erosion and its control for purposes of sanctions.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity,  Dr Reuben Abati, who briefed journalists on the outcome of  the  meeting, said there is also a window that is being thrown open to enable private businessmen provide infrastructures in erosion ravaged areas in the region under the private public partnership.

The Minister of Environment, Hadiza Melafa, stated that the Ministry has set up machinery to face all areas of the environment amidst daunting challenges.

In related development, the Federal Government also announced the kick-starting of activities slated for the nation’s centenary celebration in 2014.

The President will unveil the activities that touch on the ‘Unity, Diversity and The Uniqueness of the Nigerian Nation 100 Years After Amalgamation.’

FEC called on the private sector and all Nigerians to key in to the activities.

Just back from the AU Summit, the President presided over the council meeting on a day the Ministry of the Environment and that of Trade and Investment tendered the score card on the performance of their ministries in 2012.

The Minister of Trade and Investments beat his chest that trade in Nigeria has gone up to 25 per cent, promising to introduce a new auto policy soon.