By Chizoba Okeke  

Awka, Dec. 20, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State House of Assembly Committee on Tenders Board and Procurement complained about poor enforcement of procurement law in the state by Local Government Area (LGA) Transition Committee (TC) Chairmen. 

Chairman of the Committee, Mr Chuka Ezenwunne said this during an oversight interaction with the TC Chairmen. 

He expressed dissatisfaction over their procurement and contracting processes. 

Ezenwunne said that the records of the LGAs showed that they had been engaging directly in procurement and contracting processes. 

According to him, this is against the due process as stipulated in the State’s Procurement Law 2011 as amended.  

“The Committee has a duty to monitor and ensure that Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and the LGs follow due process in their procurement and contracting processes. 

“The essence is to help government to save money, fight corruption, block leakages, promote transparency and accountability in the public procurement process for the purpose of good governance, which is the hallmark of any serious system. 

“When we invited the TC Chairmen, we asked them to come with the following documents — List of capital projects, procurement plan of LGAs, cash flows, evidence of due process and adverts for contract bidding. 

“They do not have the documents and we discovered that they have been engaging in direct labour for procurement and contracting processes. This is contrary to the State’s Procurement Law 2011.’’ 

Ezenwunne said the committee would write to the state’s Bureau of Public Procurement to organise training for procurement personnel of MDAs and LGAs on the provisions of the procurement law. 

“The training is necessary so that they can understand what the law requires of them and do the needful. By next year, we will not be lenient with any defaulting LGA. 

`It will promote efficiency, transparency, accountability and value for money in the public procurement process.” 

Reacting on behalf of the Chairmen, Mr Nnamdi Nwadiogbu of Oyi LGA apologised to the committee.  He promised that they would go back and enforce the law on procurement. (MOI)

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