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Federal Government Establishes Committee to Evaluate the Public Procurement Act of 2007

Federal Government Establishes Committee to Evaluate the Public Procurement Act of 2007
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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, has established a committee to conduct a comprehensive review of the Public Procurement Act of 2007, taking into account the current economic situation in the country.

During the committee’s inauguration, Akume highlighted that the Public Procurement Act of 2007 was enacted on June 4, 2007, under the administration of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

The SGF explained that the act establishes a legal and institutional framework to promote transparency, accountability, value for money, and efficiency in the procurement of goods, works, and services within government ministries, departments, and agencies.

Akume emphasized the need to review and strengthen the provisions of the act to align with the present economic realities and enhance budget implementation and ease of doing business.

The committee’s membership includes the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice as the chairman, as well as the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, representative of the World Bank, and KPMG Nigeria as technical consultants. The Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Affairs Office serves as a member and secretary of the committee.

The committee’s main tasks involve conducting a comprehensive review of the Public Procurement Act of 2007, identifying obstacles that hinder compliance with the act, and making recommendations to strengthen the provisions of the act. The aim is to ensure transparency, accountability, value for money, efficiency, and timely delivery in procurement processes across ministries, departments, and agencies.

Additionally, the committee is responsible for developing a draft amendment bill for consideration by the Federal Executive Council and undertaking any other assignments directed by the President.

The SGF urged the committee members to diligently carry out their important task of reviewing the Public Procurement Act, which will streamline procurement processes and ensure the efficient delivery of public goods and services.

The Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, Mamman Ahmadu, expressed the agency’s commitment to the review process and stated that internal preparations for the review have already commenced.

The committee is expected to complete its assignment within one month.

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