Lagos – The Nigeria Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) has renewed its partnership with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the deployment of the latter’s information and communication technology to curb corruption in the awarding of tenders and contracts.
The Director General of the Bureau, Emeka Ezeh, said he was satisfied with the work done by UNODC, which necessitated the renewal of the corporation agreement.
He said the software installed by UNODC has assisted the bureau apprehend over 50 fraudulent contractors who planned to secure government contracts with forged documents.
Ezeh said that the names of the contractors have been forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for prosecution.
The second phase of the deal which comprise the design and deployment of the Public Procurement Review Software (goPRS), IT Capacity Building for specialized IT courses and end-users has also been completed. The goPRS is the substantive system that will hopefully address the monitoring and oversight of public procurement in Nigeria, being designed specifically to automate the complex mandate of BPP.
The two parties signed the initial partnership in September 2010.
BPP tasked UNODC, through its Information and Technology Service (ITS), to provide technical solutions to the current and foreseen future needs of the Bureau by updating, modernizing and elaborating on instruments related to public procurement.
Back then, BPP said Nigeria had lost several hundred billion Naira over the last decade due to flagrant abuse of procedures for the award of public contracts, inflation of contracts, lack of transparency, lack of competence-based evaluation, and lack of merit, which are the fundamental criteria for the awarding of public contract.
The first phase of the project entailed the deployment of a distributed Information Technology and Data Communications Infrastructure, based on the ICT Infrastructure and Data Centre Model (goIDM),
The phase also comprised of building and management of a Data Centre, Local Area Networks (LAN), PCs, Internet data connectivity; and collaborative tool comprising of email, corporate portal, and administrative applications, a website and an end-user IT training.
– CAJ News