Abuja - Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Monday called for the prosecution of violators of public procurement procedure in the country.
He made the call in Abuja at the ongoing first National Conference on Public Procurement organised by the Bureau of Public Procurement.
Oshiomhole, a panelist at the event, said that it was not enough to save money from violators of public procurement rules but that such violators should be arraigned in courts of law.
He pointed out that the nation’s problem was not the absence of laws but the “culture of impunity and indiscipline that characterise the public service and political system.”
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He urged the Federal Government to summon the political will to implement the relevant laws to enable them to achieve results in transforming the economy.
“I am not moved by the amount of money saved but how many offenders have been sanctioned. Enforcement and sanction should be encouraged to deal with offenders.
“If we say that we have saved money from inflated contracts, who tried to get away with that money and who are the culprits?
“If we must address procurement issues in this country, our judicial system must be fully involved,” Oshiomhole said.