By Innocent Anaba
Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, yesterday, stressed the need for contractors and service providers to register with the bureau for effective service provision.
The D-G, represented by Mr. Michael Chukwura at the 2014 annual Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers, CCSPs, forum in Lagos, said until recently, most institutions did not realise the scope of BPP, but acted on the notion that they were autonomous.
He noted that following elaborate and persistent public awareness initiatives, institutions have begun to appreciate the scope of the BPP.
According to him, the procurement process entailed several steps which include a procurement plan based on needs assessment, adequate appropriation, advertisements, transparency pre-qualification, bid submi-ssion, evaluation, approval by appropriate authority, contract award, as well as project implementation.
He said although some institutions find the process tedious, its benefits far outweighed any inconvenience they may be experienced with same.
Ezeh said BPP also sets procurement approval thresholds for tenders board, ministries, departments and agencies of government, stressing the need for institutions to avail themselves of the registration process of the bureau.
Also speaking at the forum, the Director of Finance, Management Services of BPP, Mr. Chris Nwangwu, also highlighted the importance of registration by consultants, adding that the aim of procurement was delivery, as CCSPs must ensure that procurement process was done in line with due process.
He said that the Public Procurement Act of 2007 made it mandatory for BPP to maintain a national database of the particulars of CCSPs to ensure sanity in the procurement process.