Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Engr. Emeka Ezeh, is 55 years old. He clocked 55 saturday.
Born February 16, 1958, Engr. Emeka Muomah Ezeh, holds the record of leading the institutionalisation of the Public Procurement reform through leading roles in the creation and in heading the structure responsible for the growth and sustenance of the reform, which is the BPP.
This achievement has led to increased internalisation of the public procurement process, the attendant rise in the adoption of methods in the expenditure procedure and a more focused budget implementation course.
The result of this public servant’s achievement has not only been to make the nations’ procurement system to be compliant with international best procurement practices but has added up to a recognition of some of the nation’s instruments of procurement like the Standard Bidding Documents by some global bodies like the World Bank.
The BPP boss has over the years maintained a high public service work ethics through punctuality, maintenance of discipline in the working environment and prudence in the management of public funds. Engr. Ezeh habitually reports to work 7.45am every day, well ahead of many subordinates, while decorum and decency are constantly demanded from staffers for heightened productivity.
He does not suffer fools gladly and has no patience for lethargy. His puritanical drives are not least reflected in the handling of public expenditures as they are guided by the virtues of prudence founded on value-for-money and the abhorrence of waste.
In demonstrating his commitment to the preservation of his integrity and the improvement in the nation’s public service standards, Engr. Ezeh has not just stepped on toes but has incurred the wrath of vested interests, while losing a good number of friends. As a stickler for principles, purist and one who subscribes to high moral and religious values, he has crossed the paths of many, but remains justified that he is doing the right thing, no matter whose ox is gored.
Engr. Ezeh has thus far saved the Federal government over 2.2 billion dollars from the Bureau’s reviews of public contracts due for award by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) since 2009, through the institutionalization of a painstaking process of vetting and approval of contracts due for award.
Engr. Ezeh is married to Nkechi and they have three children, who are all either Engineers or Engineers in training.