BPP Cautions MDAs Against Illegal Contracts
The Bureau of Public Procurement has warned Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government against violation of provisions of the Public Procurement Act in the award of contracts.
BPP E-Procurement Manager, Isaac Mokuolu, gave the warning at a training workshop organised by the Public and Private Development Centre, and Media Rights Agenda, in Abuja.
He said corrupt practices jeopardise the execution of projects.
Mokuolu explained that the Nigeria Open Contracting Portal set up by the bureau was being used to monitor and track all contracts awarded by the MDAs.
MDAs are expected to post details of contract awards on the site, he said.
The move is expected to forestall a repeat of the situation that led to the award of a $9.6bn judgment against Nigeria following the botched Gas Supply Processing Agreement with Process and Industrial Developments Limited.
According to Mokuolu, MDAs must make contract awards as transparent as possible by following all the processes and procedures provided in the Procurement Act.
He also disclosed plans by the bureau to tie projects being executed by the MDAs to their budgets.
In a presentation at the event, the Executive Director of Media Rights, Edetean Ojo, spoke of the need for collaboration between the civil society and the media to monitor and track project implementation.