ICPC Indicts 88 MDAs for Procurement Act Violations

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has indicted 88 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for violating the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 in the last three years.

The anti-graft agency also said 53 MDAs were guilty of tax default, noting that they had been on the Federal Inland Revenue Service tax defaulters list for three years.

In ICPC’s Ethics and Compliance Scorecard of Federal MDAs 2020, the agency classified 132 MDAs that did not respond to its assessment as ‘corruption high-risk MDAs’ and vowed to treat them as such.

The commission disclosed that none of the MDAs attained full compliance with ethical and accountability standards for efficiency and service delivery.

The report indicates that 27 MDAs attained substantial compliance, while 77 MDAs attained partial compliance and 106 non- compliance.

It stated, “Sixty MDAs do not have Board/ Governing Councils responsible for policies. This gap creates opportunities for tyranny, abuse and misuse of power and funds by the Management of the affected MDAs.

“All Federal Medical Centres nationwide do not have an Establishment Act thus giving room for the Board and Management of the Hospitals to take arbitrary decisions with no legal backing.

“88 MDAs violated the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 in the last three years; 53 MDAs have been on the FIRS tax defaulters list in the last three years while 132 MDAs were non-responsive and classed as corruption high-Risk MDAs and will be treated as such.”

The ICPC explained that the outcome of its analysis revealed that MDAs scored higher under the Financial Management System due to compliance to reforms introduced by the government to ensure that payment transaction systems are automated to aid transparent and accountable systems.

The commission recommended that the government should take steps to appoint and inaugurate statutory boards for MDAs not having existing boards to speed up policy formulation, implementation and check abuses.

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