By Emeka Mamah
Kaduna â€” The Federal Government is yet to inaugurate the National Council on Public Procurement, three years after the law establishing the Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP.
The BPP was established during the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo as a way of ensuring transparency in public procurement of materials or goods in the country.
General Manager and Programme Director of System Application Product, SAP, of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Bola Afolabi, made this known in Kaduna yesterday while presenting a paper entitled â€œUnderstanding the Public Procurement Actâ€ at a one-day forum for contractors and suppliers of the Kaduna Refining and Petro-Chemicals Company, KRPC.
When inaugurated, the Council is supposed to be chaired by the Minister of Finance, Mansur Mukthar, with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Director-General of the BPP as members with six other non permanent members representing various interest groups including the Nigeria Labour Congress in the country.
The proposed council, which is a major component of the BPP, has the duty of overseeing the policy formulation for the BPP and ensures that such policies are carried out.
According to Afolabi, the coming into being of the Act was aimed at introducing professionalism and orderliness into public procurement in the public service.
Earlier, in his remarks,Â Managing Director of the KRPC, Mr. Bolanle Ayodele, explained that the transformation going on in the NNPC through the yet to be passed Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, was to give autonomy to strategic business units of the corporation.