At the second edition of the Lagos State Annual Public Procurement Summit held at the Lagos, the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode revealed that his administration would launch an e-procurement platform in the next three weeks.
The platform will be aimed at eliminating corruption from the system and it will start with three key ministries namely the Ministries of Works, Health and Education.
“By the end of 2019, 80 percent of other Ministries, Departments and Agencies would have been brought on board. It is projected that by the end of year 2020, e-Procurement will be fully implemented at all levels of public governance including local governments,” he stated.
Ambode said before the advent of the public procurement law, corruption thrived in the procurement of goods, works and services.
“However, the public procurement law has entrenched clear and unambiguous governing rules on public procurement. A full and committed implementation of the governing rules on public procurement reduces public procurement malpractices, uncompleted contracts or unexecuted sub-contracts”, Ambode said.
He assured that the government is working tirelessly to ensure that the procurement process was transparent and enabled accountability which is part of the reason why the e-Procurement platform was being activated.
“It is a collective responsibility and required the joint effort of all stakeholders including contractors/suppliers and non-governmental organisations. we are all to collectively uphold the core values of public procurement; probity, accountability, transparency, value for money and prudency”, the governor said.
General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, LSPPA, Fatai Onofowote said public procurement had come to stay in Lagos State as it had to do with leading practice in the world, opportunity to promote teamwork as well as opportunity to attract international support and foreign direct investment.
“Public Procurement is about total life cycle of the goods, works and services to be procured using public fund. It is about planning, contract formation, contract management and finally disposal of public asset,” he said.