Gbenga Sodeinde in Ado Ekiti
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) has advised state and the local government areas to effectively manage the meagre resources at their disposal to make maximum impact on the people.
The centre said when public funds, which are from the taxpayers’ money are maximized, losses and wastes will be curbed and the citizens will be better for it.
The PPDC Senior Programme Advisor, Ife Olatunji-David gave the advice in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital at the end of a 5-day Sub-national Public Procurement BootCamp organized by centre and supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
Olatunji-David said, “Yes we have scarce resources and things are not working as we use to have them before, yet we need to manage our small resources so that we can get maximum impact for the small money. So we need to cut down on loss and the only way to do that is to monitor and evaluate these projects properly.
“Because, if we are giving money and we are not monitoring and evaluating what the money is going for, there will be a lot of loss. So there is the need curb on loss and waste. Let us monitor, whether we want to do new projects, the project we are already doing should be monitored properly and ensure that people are compliant and carryout projects to specification.”
Speaking on the training, a participants, Ibitoye Helen Oluwatoyin of the Disabilities Not A Barrier Initiative commended the organizers of the BootCamp saying the training has happened her our eyes to so many new things especially in the area of gender inclusion in the procurement processes.