BPP Director-General, Mr. Emeka Ezeh
By James Emejo
The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mr. Emeka Ezeh, has threatened to punish Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government which present false procurement documents to it.
Speaking Monday at the opening of the 2013 Stakeholders’ Workshop for MDAs in Abuja, the BPP boss, who was represented by the Director, Special Procurement, Mr. Ayo Aderibigbe, said such fake procurement requests would not only be cancelled when detected but stricter sanctions would be meted out to the affected MDA.
Ezeh said MDAs were guilty of not adhering strictly to procurement plans as well as interjecting other materials after the original plan thus rendering the entire procurement process difficult.
He said the BPP was determined to rise against the scores of sharp practices in the overall interest of Nigerians.
According to him: “It is the belief of the agency that if the public contracting system is governed by the principles of integrity, transparency, competence as national ethos, a good ground would have been provided for the social, cultural and technological advancement of the country.”
He said the bureau is however, encouraged by the zeal of the present administration to fight corruption through ensuring best public procurement practices.
Ezeh said the agency plans to take the country to a level where best practices in public procurement is implemented in the overall interest of national development, noting that this would only be only if corruption is eliminated in the system.
He noted that when corruption in public procurement gives way to open, transparent and competitive federal procurement system that is integrity driven, the nation would no longer be in doubt what the benefit of an ideal public procurement is.