28th Aug 2017

Lagos State Local government chairmen has been admonished to plan and manage public fund wisely in line with due process in procuring goods, works and services to achieve the right value for money. 
The General Manager Public procurement Agency, Mr. Idowu  onafowote stated this during his presentation on public procurement process at a training workshop organised for all the newly elected local government chairmen, from the 57 Local government and Local council development Areas in Lagos State at ustral hall agidigbi, Lagos.
He said that the introduction of procurement Law which was established in 2011 is about acquisition of goods, works and services that must be done in transparent and prudent manner using different procurement process selection methods.
He added that procurement system is about competitiveness, inclusiveness, sustainability as well as value for money that supports the state development goals and engenders public confidence.
“People have expectation, our ability should reflect that we are given back to the public, what is expected of us with the tax payer money”. He affirmed.  
He urge the chairmen to assist in reducing corruption in the system by  ensuring  that the procurement policy of accountability, transparency and competitiveness is followed at all times, stressing that it is the main trust of the public procurement bill.
“Let me appeal to you all, as heads of institutions in the state, not to always pay lip service to the procurement law. You must ensure it is followed to the latter at all times and select the best contractors through process for the supplies or services to be rendered to your institutions’’, Onafowote stated.

The General Manager enjoined the chairmen to develop procurement plan of what they intend to deliver for the people at the beginning of the year through the assistance of the procurement officer attached to their office.  
According to him, good public procurement process must be efficient and effective, hence the need for the chairmen, to always deliver good dividend of democracy to the people by engaging the right suppliers, Contractors and right services provider in a manner that is fair and transparent. 
He added that the Local Artisans must be encouraged for the development of Local economy because the bed rock of procurement processes is collective participation of every individual from the beginning of the project to the completion, so that every stages of the project could be monitored by the professionals  that is involved in the project implementation.

Akanji Ayoola

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