By Austin Ogwuda
ASABAâ€”DIRECTOR-GENERAL of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, has called on Nigerians to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007, to enable the anti-corruption crusade achieve the much desired result.
Speaking at a one-day interactive session with contractors and consultants,Â working on Federal Government projects in the South-South zone in Asaba,Â yesterday, the DG said,â€œwe need Public Procurement Act 2007,Â if we are determined to fight the monster called corruption that has devastated the nation since its inception.â€
Represented by the Chief Information Officer of the Bureau, Mr. Ojeme Hastings,Â EzehÂ said, â€œwe need to fight this hydra-headed evil, so that absolute selflessness, truth, honesty and patriotism would reign and give us a country that is truly great with good people.â€
A paper presented by the Executive Director of Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Group,Â Mr. George_Hill Anthony, entitled â€˜Transparency and Due Process: Best Practices Towards Benchmarking Contract Obligations of MDAs/Consultantsâ€™, proffered ways of tackling problems involved in contract awarding process.
They include participation of independent observers during bid opening and evaluation. This should include BPP and any other reputable organisation including civil society; make people accountable for their action through civil society advocacy; assist in airing wrong doing in constructive way,Â amongst others.