By Emma Amaize
PORT HAR-COURT— DIRECTOR-GENERAL, Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, Mamman Ahmadu, has said the agency would employ modern technology, an anti-corruption strategy, in public procurement to advance the reform process.
Ahmadu, represented by Mr. Jemilu Abdulahi of Regulations and Database of BPP, stated this at the 4th Zonal Stakeholders’ Interactive Workshop on the Development of Category Matrix for the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers, CCSP, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Chief Press Secretary/Head, Media, and Public Relations, BPP, Segun Imohiosen, in a statement, quoted Ahmadu as saying: “The matrix is a digital way to go to categorise and classify a contractor, consultant, and service provider in their areas of competence for effective performance without any intrusion into other areas.”
“The essence of the categorization matrix is to professionalise the public procurement process, as the era of ‘general contractor’ practice can no longer be encouraged. The situation where a single contractor claims to have proficiency in all fields is to make a mockery of the procurement process and that will no longer be encouraged.
“Nigeria has also joined the rest of the world to ensure that the best global practices in public procurement process are strictly adhered to. Going digital will allow for more participation, efficiency and transparency in the procurement system and will also deepen the reform process.”
Ahmadu emphasized the need for all the professional bodies to be fully involved in the reform process.
“The Public Procurement Act (PPA, 2007) Sections 5j, 5q and 6j dictate the need for classification, categorisation of federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers (CCSP) in order to enhance specialisation, high performance in public procurement and reduce the cost of tendering.”