Senator Iroegbu and Adedayo Akinwale
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN) has stated that right application of procurement procedures will be very crucial for effective budget implementation being currently demanded by the Federal Legislators.
The President of CIPSMN, Mohammed Aliyu, stressed this yesterday in Abuja at the 2012 Group B induction ceremony of members of the institute, adding that the transformation agenda of the government may be unrealistic if the right calibers of people are not put in place to drive the policy initiated by it.
Aliyu said that one of the key ingredients to effective budget implementation has to do with procurement plan and currently, as Nigeria is in dire need of people who will drive and reflect the activity that will bring productivity to the economic development and revival.
He emphasized that, if Nigeria is to grow to greater heights in the comity of nations not only in her standard of living but also in her quality of life, it is the procurement and supply chain management executives and business professionals who must take the lead.
He said: “Based on the World Bank advice, we need to professionalize the procurement system, if we really want it to work because we cannot be saddled with the responsibility of an area to someone that does not have the knowledge of the area, it will be counterproductive”.
“If we are to attain the desired goals on a national basis, we must continually monitor the performance and the problems of the Nigerian Public Procurement (NPP) System. It is only on hard facts, and information based on such monitoring that adequate procurement planning and policies for the sector can be based since it appears that we have not been doing well as regards the law establishing the BPP”
Aliyu stated further: “As a result of the defect in Nigeria procurement system and madness of riches, practitioners, medical centres, educational administrators and others are flocking to grab the procurement job without due regards to the consideration for professional knowledge which unfortunately has been one of the pitfalls of the country”.
He pointed out that one of the failures in implementations of polices is the lack of political will by the government to actualize the plan objective, to inadequate infrastructural and institutional frame work to supporting the plan.
Earlier, the zonal Coordinator of the Institute, Alhaji Abdul Mamman urged the members to be God fearing and also to be guided by the code and ethics of the profession which is to offer service to the people.