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NPA backs Institution of Procurement Engineers, calls for effective implementation of PPA 2007

Representative of the Managing Director, NPA,
Engr. Rufai Mohammed, receiving a memoirabila on behalf of the MD from the
Chairman, Nigerians Institute of Procurement Engineer (NiprocE) Engr. Samuel
Echedon FMSE during a visit by the latter to the NPA HQ, Marina Lagos.

The Management
of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has supported the formation of the
Nigeria Institution of Procurement Engineers (NIProcE) – Lagos Chapter, citing that the establishment of the Institution would enhance the
understanding and effective implementation of the Nigerian Public Procurement
Act 2007.

While
commending the initiators of the Institution, the NPA Managing Director, Hadiza
Bala Usman, however enjoined them to propagate the provisions of Procurement
Act extensively so that the public sector would be guided accordingly.


Speaking
through the General Manager, Engineering, Engr. Rufai Mohammed who received
members of the Institution, who paid her a courtesy visit in her office on
Monday, the Managing Director expressed her appreciation on the Institutions
offer to partner with the Authority to ensure the successful implementation of
the Act, through capacity building, and appropriate interaction with
procurement entities.

The
Managing Director, while commended the activities of the Institution since its
inauguration in May 2017 particularly expressed her delight to the advise
offered by the Institution on ways at avoiding offenses captured in section
58(4) of the Act as well as the responsibilities of the Managing Director in
the Act as stipulated in section 16, sub-section 20 and 21 and section 20.

Earlier
the chairman of the Institution, Engr. (Sir) Samuel Echedom had told the
Managing Director that the Nigeria Institution of Procurement Engineers
(NIProcE) has now become a hub and focal division of the Nigeria Society of
Engineers (NSE) and in pursuit of its objective, have exhibited vibrancy and
commitment through organizing training, workshops and seminars.

He said
the objective of the Institution include articulating and formulating more
effective and efficient procurement process, assisting government set  goal of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan
(ERGP), establishing partnership and collaborations with the Federal Government
Procurement Regulators, Ministries, Department and Agencies as well as ensuring
that Nigerian contractors, suppliers, consultants and other service providers
are given first consideration in all matters relating to public procurement by
ensuring that the Act are compiled with by all concerned.

“As a
watchdog, we want to ensure that fairness, equity, competition, transparency,
openness, efficiency and value for money is achieved in the Procurement
process.  We will ensure that salient
issues in the Act such as the Procurement Planning Committee and Evaluation
Committee are set up in line with the provisions of the Act,” Echedom added.

He
announced plans by the Institution to host the Institution 2018 Procurement
Summit billed to take place on November 3rd, 2018 under the theme “The Role of Public Procurement in the
Implementation of an Effective Transport System in Nigeria”
at Sheraton
Hotel, Ikeja-Lagos.

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