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DG, BPP, Emeka M. Ezeh (left), presents a set of BPP publications to a past president of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Mr. William O. Odudu. In the middle is Mr. Emeka D. Eleh, the incumbent president of the Institution, who led the NIESV team to BPP.

 

The Director-General of the Bureau of Public procurement (BPP),  Engr. Emeka M. Ezeh, has stressed the need for public institutions to understand and comply with the provisions of the  Public Procurement Act, 2007.

In his address to a team of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers at the BPP headquarters in Abuja, Mr. Ezeh noted the initial resistance of many institutions to compliance with the provisions of the Act, but informed the audience that, as a result of the Bureau’s advocacy and public awareness campaigns, there is growing commitment to compliance.

Given their autonomy, many public institutions until recently were under the wrong impression that they were not bound by the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, and continued to act in illegality in so far as they made procurements that did not follow the procedures prescribed under the Act.

However, Mr. Ezeh acknowledged agrowing commitment to compliance, with many realising how wide the scope of the Act is. Part III, Section 15 of the Act says:

“The provisions of this Act shall apply to all procurement of goods, works, and services carried out by :

 

a)      the Federal Government of Nigeria and all procurement entities;

 

b)      all entities outside the foregoing description which derive at least 35% of the funds appropriated or proposed to be appropriated for any type of procurement described in this Act from the Federation share of Consolidated Revenue Fund.”

 

Among the institutions that have recently expressed commitment to compliance with the Act, following strategic engagement with BPP, are the office of the registrar of the Supreme Court, National Industrial Court (NIC), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Public Complaints Commission (PCB) and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In his address the President of  the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Mr. Emeka D. Eleh, with whom were a past president of the Institution, Mr. William O. Odudu, and the current officers of the body, commended the Bureau for the improvements and ingenuity that have been enthroned the nation’s procurement process. He aligned the NIESV with the vision of the Bureau to build and sustain an efficient country procurement system that meets international best practises.

 

Specifically, he prayed the BPP to support the Institution  in ensuring the following:

·         Exclusion of non-registered estate surveyors and valuers from function as facility mangers and estate agents;

·         Acceptance of personal income tax certificates from estate surveyors and valuers in place of company tax clearance certificates for procurement contracts; and

·         Non-violation of the privacy of estate surveyors and valuers through demand for their bank statements.

Some members of the Institution in attendance

 

In response, the BPP Director-General promised to partner with the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers in the task of implementing the public procurement reform process. He, however, explained that some of the requirements for doing public procurement business, such as provision of tax clearances, have compelled individuals and organisations to be alive to their civic responsibilities.

In Nigeria, the capital projects in the budget are, understandably, of greater concern to the citizenry than any other aspects of the appropriation. Expectations, fuelled by political promises, are always high. Due to late passage of the appropriation law, economic adversities and complications in the public procurement process, among other bureaucratic factors, not all of these expectations are met within any financial year. In trying to make up for delays in the implementation of the budget, Ministries, departments and agencies of government try to cut corners.

Kuye and Aderibigbe of BPP

BPP is the agency of government that regulates the process of public procurement to ensure that contract awards for goods and services are transparent and competitive, to give the Nigerian people value for money in the implementation of capital projects.

With Engr. Ezeh in receiving the visitors were Ayo Aderibigbe (Director of Compliance, Certification and Monitoring); Engr. Babatunde Kuye (Director of Agriculture and Water Resources); Engr. Ahmed Abdul (Director of Energy and Infrastructure); Aliyu E. Aliyu (Assistant Director, Energy and Infrastructure); Adebowale Adedokun (Assistant Director/S.A. to the DG); and Thomas Odemwingie (Head of Media).

The following  comprised the NIESV visiting team:

  1. .Emeka Eleh, President
  2. William O. Odudu, Chairman, ESVARBON
  3. Thomas Audu, Registrar, ESVARBON
  4. Gloria Briggs, Hon. National Treasurer
  5. Victor Ayeye, Hon. National Publicity Secretary
  6. Niyi Fadoju, Assistant National Secretary
  7. N.P. Igboko, CEO Etudo & Co
  8. E.L. Etudo, Senior Partner Etudo & Co
  9. Roland Aborita, Council Member
  10. Ayodele A. Ibuoye, Council Member
  11. Chinwe H. Okafor, Unofficio Member
  12. Pst. Niyi Livingstone Iyanda, Council Member
  13.  Adesina Adeatu, NIESV Abuja Branch Secretary.
  14. Emmanuel Alao, Vice Chairman, NIESV Abuja
  15. Bode Odulaja, Executive Secretary, NIESV
  16. Inayegue Friday, Head, Corporate Affairs