…blames corruption on inflation of contract
By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€”Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Michael Kaase Aondoakaa yesterday enjoined stakeholders in the public service to uphold the virtues of transparency and honesty in the transaction of government businesses in order to restore the lost values in the country.
Chief Aondoakaa who made the remarks in Abuja at a two-day National Forum on Procurement organised by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) revealed that almost 80% of corruption in the public service was traced to contract inflation and over invoicing, non delivery of items and undue influence in bidding process.
The minister noted, â€œit is therefore necessary to strengthen the capacity of the Bureau to fight corruption effectivelyâ€.
The Federal Government according to him, â€œanticipates that the establishment of the Bureau coupled with vigorous and consistent implementation of the objectives for which it was established will stem the tide of corruption, ensure for value, substantially improve the quality of governanceâ€.
â€œFor example, it is required under the Act that all bidders in addition to other requirements shall possess the necessary professional and technical qualifications to carry out particular procurement, have financial capability, equipment and other relevant infrastructure, etc,â€ he said.
According to him, â€œprocurement shall be conducted subject to the prior view thresholds as may from time to time be set by the Bureau pursuant to Section 7(1) of the Act based only on procurement plans supported by prior budgetary appropriation and no procurement proceedings shall be formalised until the procuring entity has ensured that funds are available to meet the obligationsâ€.
He added, â€œthere shall be open competitive bidding in a manner which is transparent, timely and equitable for ensuring accountability, which promotes competition, economy and efficiency and conformity with the Actâ€.