April 2, 2021

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Mr. Fatai Idowu Onafowote is the General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA). Born on 16th February,1967 in Ketu-Ereyun in Ikosi Ejinrin LCDA of the State, Mr.  Onafowote began his working career in the Public Service of the State as an Agricultural Officer, Grade Level 08, on 30th May, 1995.

Mr. Onafowote obtained his “O” Level School Certificate in 1984 at Ilugun Central Academy, Ibido Odosenbora, Ogun State. He later obtained his “A” Level School Certificate from the School of Basic Studies, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. For his tertiary education, Mr Onafowote attended the University of Ibadan, Ibadan where he obtained his degree in Agriculture (B.Sc. Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition) in 1990, graduating with a Second Class Honours, Upper Division. In 1997, he obtained a Master’s degree in Information Science (M.Inf.Sc.) at the African Regional Centre for Information Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

He began his Public Service career as a Seed Officer at the Lagos State Agricultural Development Project (LSADP) in 1992. He later served as a Subject Matter Specialist (Crops) and Programme Secretary, Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS), Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority (LASDA) between 2002 and 2007, Facilitator (Monitoring and Evaluation)- Expansion Phase – National Programme for Food Security (January –November 2007), Desk Officer, Commercial Agricultural Development Project (CADP), a World Bank – Assisted Project (under the Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority), November 2007-May 2009. He later became a Procurement Officer for the Project in June, 2009.

Following the creation of the Procurement Officers’ cadre in the Lagos State Public Service, Mr. Onafowote got integrated into the mainstream Civil Service of the State as a Procurement Officer in 2012. He, however, continued to serve as Procurement Officer with the Lagos State Agricultural Development Authority from 2012 until his appointment as acting General Manager of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency in May, 2016. He was later confirmed as substantive General Manager of the Agency in December 2018 by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Mr. Onafowote is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria (CIPSMN) and a fellow of the Institute of Information Management, Africa (IIM).

The following are among the major landmark achievements and contributions of Mr. Onafowote to the Public Service of the State.

He participated in the drafting of the Lagos State Public Procurement Law enacted in October 2011, the implementation of which commenced in April 2014.

He also participated in the review of projects being considered for implementation under the various MDAs to determine their adequacy for issuance of Letters of No Objection, Confirmation or Certificate of Compliance.

He also participated actively as a member of “Community of Practice” being facilitated by the State Performance, Accountability, Responsibility, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC).

Mr. Onafowote has participated in a number of local and foreign training programmes including:

>> World Bank- Assisted Procurement Cycle Tracking System (PROCYS)

>> Evaluation of bids for the construction of Farm access roads in Cross River,

Enugu, Kano and Kaduna States (February – March, 2011).

>> Evaluation of consultancy services organised by the National Coordinating Office of Commercial Agriculture Development Project.

>> Courses on Contract and Project Management, held in Ontario, Toronto, Canada.

>> The 12th Annual Procurement Leaders Europe Forum, held from 4th-6th October, 2017 in Buers Van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

>> Training on Contract Administration from Award to Completion, organised by EuroMaTech in May, 2019 in the United Arab Emirate, Dubai.         

Mr. Onafowote is happily married and blessed with children. His hobbies are reading, swimming and singing.

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