By Bennett Oghifo
The Federal Government has instructed the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to reverse any transactions made by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) without the prescribed percentage of local content.
For this reason, the BPP met with the management of all MDAs yesterday in Lagos to sensitise them on the strict enforcement of the policy.
The policy, as stated in the Gazette, stipulates that goods purchased by MDAs must have 50 per cent local content, but the threshold for procurement of vehicles is 30 per cent local content.
The information on government’s determination to enforce the local content policy for MDAs was presented in Lagos yesterday by two senior officials of the BPP, Mr. Eze J. Obasi, Director, Special Procurement and Adebowale Adedokun, Head, Research, Training and Strategic Planning Department.
Both officials, who visited the United Vehicle Assembly Limited (UVAL), said they were there to assess the plant for consideration as one of those to be included on the list of plants that assemble vehicles in the country.
Already, three plants, Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) in Kaduna, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Co. Ltd, Nnewi and VON Automobile in Lagos have been visited.
The BPP officials, who represented the Bureau’s Director General, Mr. Ahmed Abdu said MDAs had been instructed to buy from the assembly plants only, adding that when vendors bring their tenders, these assemblers would be notified to ensure they were not cheating.
They said any MDA that flouted the policy would be made to face the wrath of the law, including a reversal of the purchase order, urging the assemblers and other stakeholders to provide information to them whenever there was contravention of the policy.
According to them, the facilities of the United Vehicle Assembly Limited (UVAL) were not up to the high standard they were presently when they drew up the list of plants to be patronised by the government.
They said they were going to present their report to their principal for decision to be made on the Uval Assembly multi-vehicle plant.