By Franklin Alli
ABUJAâ€”Special Adviser to the President on Relations with Civil Society, Mr. Chineme Ume-Ezeoke, has said officials of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) will soon be trained and deployed for independent monitoring and evaluation of the public procurement process in Federal Ministries, Parastatals, Departments and Agencies.
Addressing delegates during a policy dialogue session, yesterday, in Abuja, he stated that in order to consolidate the gains of the Public Procurement Act and the need for CSOâ€™s to hold public officers accountable, â€œmy office is working on a programme to mainstream the CSOâ€™s in public procurement in Nigeria.â€
According to him,Â CSOâ€™s can play as a strategic role in the fight against corruption and the enthronement of openness and transparency in the procurement process.
â€œThis is because of the fact that public procurement is at the heat of service delivery to the people. To have a transparent public procurement process is therefore the surest way to eliminate corruption in any country.