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13 Jul
By: Abayomi Adeniji 2 0

COMMISSIONER ASKS PROCUREMENT OFFICERS TO CHANGE NEGATIVE PUBLIC PERCEPTION

The Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, has tasked Procurement Officers in the Public Service of the State on the need to work hard to change the negative perception of some stakeholders who regard them as a clog and a bottleneck in the delivery of goods and services to the citizenry.

The Commissioner, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, made the call while addressing Procurement Officers during the monthly Procurement Officers’ meeting organised by the Agency via zoom.

Dr. Olowo reminded Procurement Officers of the sensitive position they occupy in the delivery of improvement in the education sector, health services, 21st Century Economy status, tourism sector as well as in the security sector in the State.

He also stressed that the primary responsibility of Procurement Officers is to assist and guide the Accounting Officers of their Ministries, Departments and Agencies in ensuring compliance with the Procurement Law and due process, adding that Procurement Officers were, therefore, not expected to act as auditors or police officers in the discharge of their duties.

The Commissioner charged Procurement Officers to demonstrate a renewed commitment in the discharge of their duties so that their colleagues and other stakeholders could have a better understanding of the public procurement process and appreciate the value and contributions of Procurement Officers in public service delivery.

He assured that necessary working tools would be given to Procurement Officers to enable them discharge their duties more efficiently, stressing however, that the Officers must demonstrate passion for their job.

He also promised that the Agency would continue to carry out sensitization of stakeholders, including Accounting Officers of MDAs, with a view to ensuring that they are properly educated on due process in public procurement process, noting however, that Procurement Officers must see themselves as partners and enablers in achieving the objectives of the State Government.  

Dr. Olowo also disclosed that the Agency would constitute a monitoring team which would be charged with the responsibility of monitoring the conduct and performance of Procurement Officers deployed to the various MDAs, adding that those adjudged as doing well would be rewarded and celebrated while those found wanting and militating against the achievement of the developmental goals of Government would be given appropriate sanctions.

Also speaking at the online meeting, the General Manager of the Agency, Mr. Fatai Idowu Onafowote, charged Procurement Officers to regularly check the website of the Agency for relevant information.

The General Manager stated that Procurement Officers should desist from asking contractors, suppliers and consultants to visit the Agency to obtain information, including relevant information on registration, renewal and upgrade of registration as well as on the payment process which he said were already available on the website.

 

Oladapo Olatunde

Head, Public Affairs

Lagos State Public Procurement Agency ( PPA )

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04 Mar
By: Abayomi Adeniji 4 0

Lagos Procurement Agency Deploys E-Procurement Solution Modules In 7 Additional MDAs

The General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Mr. Fatai Idowu Onafowote, has revealed that following the success achieved with the deployment of e-Procurement Solution Modules in the procurement processes of three MDAs of the State in September last year, the Agency has deployed five e-Procurement Solution Modules to the procurement processes of seven additional MDAs of the State.

In a chat with media correspondents in his office, Mr. Onafowote stated further that five e-Procurement Solution Modules: e- Publishing/e-Notification, e- Tendering, e- Bidding, e-Evaluation and e-Notice of Award were, this week, successfully deployed to the procurement processes of the Ministries of Agriculture, Housing, Transportation, Waterfront Infrastructure Development as well as the Office of Drainage Services, Office of Environment Services and the Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board.

The General Manager pointed out that the deployment of the Modules to the procurement processes of the seven additional MDAs of the State by the Agency is in keeping with one of the key pillars of the T.H.E.M.E.S. Agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration in the State which is aimed at  “Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy”.

According to him, with the deployment of the e-Procurement Solution Modules to the MDAs, the procurement processes of the affected MDAs would henceforth be on a fast track, thereby driving innovation and development across different sectors in the State in line with the objectives of the present Administration in the State.

The General Manager added that authorities of the affected MDAs are, therefore, expected to cut-over all their manual-based procurement activities unto the electronic platform, stressing that all requests for approval instruments and module-related activities initiated from the MDAs would henceforth be done through the Platform.

Mr. Onafowote also stated that the deployment of e- Procurement Solution to the procurement processes of the MDAs coupled with a workflow process that leads to the generation of Approval Instruments, including Certificate of Compliance, Letter of No Objection, among others was designed to reduce to the barest minimum the need for physical interaction between  the staff of the Agency and those of the affected MDAs, noting that Contractors, Suppliers and Service Providers could also easily transact business with the State Government online from the comfort of their homes or offices, thereby enhancing the ease of doing business policy of the State Government.

He also disclosed that prior to the deployment of the e-Procurement Solution Modules to the procurement processes of the seven MDAs, Procurement Officers of the affected MDAs had been given the necessary training by the Agency to enable them efficiently and effectively operate the new system.

It would be recalled that the e-Procurement Modules were deployed to three pilot Ministries – Education, Health and Works and Infrastructure – in 2019 for their procurement processes. Following this development, the Agency and indeed, the State Government have been commended by Stakeholders, including a team of the World Bank Procurement Specialists, who visited the State twice last year for an assessment of its procurement processes, particularly the implementation of the e-Procurement System.

 

Oladapo Olatunde

Head, Public Affairs

Lagos State Public Procurement Agency ( PPA )

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08 Feb
By: Abayomi Adeniji 20 0

Lagos Procurement Agency Playing Key Role In Changing The Conduct Of Govt. Business – Lagos HOS

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has declared that the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency ( PPA ) has been playing “ a major role in midwifing the conduct of Government business, particularly in the drive towards increased accountability, competitiveness, inclusiveness and transparency” in the public procurement processes of the State Government

The Head of Service, represented by Mrs. Toyin Machado – Onanuga, Director, Public Service Standards and Performance, in the Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service, stated this at the opening ceremony of a three-day Procurement Planning Clinic organised by the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (PPA) for Accounting Officers and Procurement Officers in the MDAs of the State, held at the Public Service Staff Development Centre (PPDC), Magodo, Lagos.

Mr. Muri-Okunola further noted that the Agency had left no one in doubt that it was fully prepared to achieve its mission “to ensure a transparent, inclusive, sustainable and value-driven public procurement system that supports Government’s developmental goals and engenders public confidence”.

While stressing the need for the proper alignment of the Procurement Plans of MDAs with the provisions of the approved budget so that the overall goals and objectives of the State Government as envisioned in the budget can be achieved, Mr. Muri-Okunola noted that the activities of the Agency were in tandem with the drive of the present Administration in the State towards achieving a 21st Century Economy status as contained in the 6-Point T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

  The Head of Service, however, appealed to Accounting Officers and other Officials in the Procurement Planning Committees of MDAs to work in synergy with the Agency through the Procurement Officers in the various MDAs for the objectives for setting up the Agency as a regulatory body for public procurement to be fully achieved.

He expressed appreciation to the Governor of the State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, for providing the leadership required for continued growth and development of the State.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Agency who is also the Commissioner for Finance in the State, Dr. Rabiu Olowo, urged Procurement Officers to work and act like core professionals in the way they handle the procurement functions of their MDAs.

Dr. Olowo, who was represented at the occasion by Mr. Olujimi Ige, Permanent Secretary, Debt Management Office of the State, stated that a major change had just been introduced into the public procurement process in the State, stressing that “all projects captured in the Appropriation Law and included in the Procurement Plan will now be eligible for commencement of procurement process” after which the Governor’s approval would be sought.

He further noted that the new approval process had put a greater responsibility on Procurement Officers, adding that Procurement Officers must, therefore, take the challenge as agents for positive change so that they would not be seen and perceived as slowing down the process.

 In an opening remark at the event, the General Manager of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Mr. Fatai Idowu Onafowote, explained that the Procurement Planning Clinic is organised annually  at the beginning of  the year to examine, scrutinize, review or amend the Procurement Plan of each of the MDAs  of the State with the aim of ensuring that it reflects the provisions contained in the approved budget.

The General Manager pointed out that the successful implementation of the budget substantially depends on the soundness of the Procurement Plans of the MDAs, noting that the preparation of Procurement Plans must, therefore, be undertaken with commitment by staff saddled with the responsibility.

Mr. Onafowote also disclosed that following the successful deployment of e-Procurement Solution Modules in the procurement processes of three Ministries in the State – Health, Education and Works and Infrastructure last year – the Agency was ready to deploy the Modules in nine more MDAs by the end of February, 2020 to further enhance the State Government’s drive towards the ease of doing business with the State Government by contractors, suppliers and service providers.

 

Oladapo Olatunde

Head, Public Affairs

Lagos State Public Procurement Agency

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02 Oct
By: Abayomi Adeniji 4 0

Lagos State Procurement Agency Begins Implementation of e-tendering, e-bidding, others on September 1

The General Manager of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency ( PPA ), Mr. Fatai Idowu Onafowote, has disclosed that the Agency would commence the  implementation of e-Tendering, e- Publishing/Notification, e-Bidding and e-Award  modules of  e-Procurement Solution with effect from September 1, 2019.

Mr. Onafowote further stated that the implementation of the four new e-Procurement Solution Modules would, however, commence with three pilot Ministries in the State- Health, Education and Works and Infrastructure on September 1 while the Modules would be implemented in other Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State in the first quarter of 2020.

The General Manager added that the introduction of the e- procurement Solution modules by the Agency was aimed at enhancing transparency, accountability and contributing to the ease of doing business by existing and potential contractors of the State Government and its MDAs.

He further stated that with the implementation of the e- Procurement Solution Modules, registered and would-be contractors no longer have to visit the three Ministries being used for the pilot implementation of the technological innovation, noting that a platform for official communication and interaction to facilitate the procurement process had been provided online.

Mr. Onafowote also pointed out that some Procurement Officers had undergone the requisite training to ensure a seamless implementation of the new policy while others would also be exposed to similar training in due course.

The implementation of the four new e-Procurement Solution Modules will complement the e-registration module introduced by the Agency a couple of months ago.

It would be recalled that the General Manager had given a hint that the four new e-Procurement Solution modules would “Go Live” on September 1 in his welcome address at the three-day Procurement Clinic organised by the Agency recently.

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