Immediate past director general of the Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP, Engr. Emeka Ezeh yesterday said not less than 19, 000 government projects were currently abandoned across the country.
Ezeh spoke at a public hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Procurement over the amendment of the Public Procurement Act 2007 held at the National Assembly.
This, he explained in his presentation, was caused mainly as a result of non-payment for interim certificates for work done and fear cases due to community or way-lease issues, such as hostage-taking and kidnappings.
The former BPP boss also called for the consolidation of the three agencies that are involved in procurement and disposal of public assets, that is, the BPP, Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, into one strong commission in line with global best practices to make for efficiency and discourage disconnect, confusion and lack of synergy among the three institutions.
He stated that apart from duplication of office buildings, personnel and overhead cost, there was tendency for each agency to want to assert its authority in the procurement process.
“It is my humble opinion that now that the nation’s resources are dwindling, the right thing to do is for the legislature to be courageous enough and merge all the three agencies involved in procurement and disposal of public assets into a strong commission. “I want to assure that the nation will be better for it if BPE, BPP and ICRC are consolidated in one big commission,” he said.
Ezeh also cautioned against the amendment of the Procurement Act to legislate timeline for the approval of the award of contract.
According to him, there is nowhere in the world this is practiced, stressing that “providing for timelines in the activities incidental to the implementations of the Act must be done is the most …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot