kudirat Musa">

Metro

PPDC urges FG to ensure full implementation of open contracting

Published

on

The Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), an NGO, has called on the Federal Government to ensure full implementation of Open Contracting Data Standards so that procurement records and information would be proactively disclosed by public institutions.

Mrs. Gift Maxwell, Chief Operating Officer, PPDC, at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the implementation should be in line with the Open Contracting Data Standards and the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011.

Maxwell said that the organisation, with its partner, Media Rights Agenda (MRA), had been working tirelessly to realise the goal of institutionalising open contracting in Nigeria.

According to her, although the organisation had constantly engaged the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and other stakeholders to discuss the status of Nigeria Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO), many public institutions still fail to upload their procurement data on the platform.

“As you may be aware, Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) as the 70th member in 2016 upon adoption of its first National Action Plan (NAP), which spanned through January 2017 to June 2019.

“It made commitment to the full implementation of open contracting as its second commitment under fiscal transparency thematic area.

“This commitment has led to the development of NOCOPO by the BPP.

“The portal is expected to feed procurement data from the pilot Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), showing records of contracts from planning to implementation stages.

“This is a wake-up call on the Federal Government to ensure that public institutions feed their information proactively into the platform with circulars followed by appropriate sanctions to give them the deserved effect whenever disobeyed,” she said.

Maxwell observed that many MDAs had failed to upload their procurement data thereby disregarding the July 2018 circular issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) mandating all public institutions to use the NOCOPO.

She added that there was need to improve the country’s open contracting agenda, identify progress made, identify areas that required improvement and where gaps exist in the advancement of the implementation.

She commended the ongoing efforts by the BPP to sensitise relevant stakeholders in the public institutions while urging it to steadfastly implement its commitment to train all public institutions to be able to use the NOCOPO effectively.

Maxwell urged journalists to support efforts toward full implementation of open contracting in order to improve access to procurement records and information.

“That is the only way to ensure good value for taxpayers’ money,” he said.

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

EndSARS Protests:  Beauty Queens partner media, security agencies on campaign against violence EndSARS: Deji of Akure sues for calm, warns against killing, arson China to contain childhood obesity Financial market ecosystem players to review Nigeria’s economy- Stockbrokers’ President Budget defence: I met N2.3b debt, our directors don’t have computers — NAFDAF D-G  NAF wings pilot officer, reaffirms commitment to safeguarding nation’s territorial integrity Japan’s gov’t endorses bill to offer free COVID-19 vaccines Turnout for CAC free business registration in Niger impressive — Coordinator Indonesia launches online visa application system amid COVID-19 pandemic Postponed bye-elections: AAC tasks INEC on massive voter education to reduce apathy European Commission’s vice-president Schinas tests positive for COVID-19 Lagos approves daily opening of markets Cancer research and treatment must be domesticated — Experts charge #EndSARS protest: NSCDC partners youths to protect critical infrastructure in Akwa Ibom Airtel Africa appoints Rosmarin as non-Executive Director NFF appoints Media Officers for Super Eagles, Super Falcons teams ICPC to probe sources of looted COVId-19 palliatives South-West Senators visit Lagos, sue for peace Assembly confirms 31-year-old commissioner-nominee in Sokoto Gov. Okowa presents N378bn budget for 2021 Zambian cabinet approves ratification of African free trade agreement Ogun pledges support for alternate medicine Shippers council boss visits port terminals, calls for NXP adoption Zambia electoral body reschedules voter registration exercise ahead of 2021 polls Buratai tasks army officers on accountability, transparency Indonesian police shoot dead drug trafficker in Central Sulawesi EndSARS: Bank closure leaves customers stranded in Abakaliki COVID-19: House Committee lauds ministry on effective information dissemination 30 African countries sought Russia’s help in fighting COVID-19 – official Isolo LCDA boss visits vandalised Police Station Nigeria, Bangladesh to consolidate mutually rewarding relationship – Buhari assures Dei dei Market not gutted by fire- Abuja Markets Management   Budget defence: Reps C’ttee to visit centre for oral health, chides another Beijing launches tracing platform for imported cold-chain foods China gold output, consumption drop in first 9 months Russia not responsible for Hilary Clinton’s 2016 election loss – Minister AU, EU vow continued support to peace, security efforts in Sahel region Emir of Zazzau appointment: Court adjourns case to Nov. 2 Iran summons French diplomat over cartoon row FRSC recovers stolen vehicle via new number plate in Abuja Saudi-led coalition says intercepts Houthi drone laden with bombs Hong Kong’s national security police arrest 3 activists IPMAN explains long queues in Abuja, warns against panic buying United States arms sales to Taiwan firmly opposed EndSARS: Civil Society Groups put protest on hold in Osun as looting, vandalism continue Gov. Ganduje presents N147.9bn budget for 2021 Petrol: Queues persist in Abuja #EndSARS: Hoodlums storm farmers association warehouses, cart away 110 tractors, others Over 70% provinces in China see economic growth in Q1-Q3  Police arraign 71 suspects in Ilorin over alleged looting of CACOVID palliatives