By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO – The Federal Government has declared that adequate measures had been put in place to ensure that all provisions of the Public Procurement Act in the award and execution of government contracts are strictly complied with.
Speaking yesterday in Osogbo at the presentation/sensitization of Public Procurement Act 2007 for the South West zone, the Director General, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mr Emeka Ezeh stated that the focus of BPP was to restore transparency and honesty in public procurement in the country.
The DG who was represented by Mr.Ike Udunni, Director Legal Services of the Bureau stressed that intensive public enlightenment campaigns on procedures in contract award and execution and the role of stakeholders including contractors, consultants and the general public are ongoing across the country so as to allow Nigerians to imbibe the practices.
He said further that audit monitoring of the budget was being carried out by the bureau as part of a holistic attempt at ensuring a successful fiscal policy in the country.
His words, â€œOther than that, the bureau is presently organising workshops for stakeholders in different government ministries and departments. It is continuing as it would also be done for other ministries.”
In his address, Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola observed that corruption and poverty are the bane of social and economic growth in the country.
Oyinlola who was represented by his deputy, Erelu Olusola Obada said the sensitization on public procurement in the award and execution of contracts was a bold step at promoting transparency, probity and accountability in governance.