Education Ministry warns against abuse of Public Procurement Act

Federal Ministry of Education has said Chief Executives or Director-Generals heading government departments and agencies would henceforth be sanctioned over abuse of the Public Procurement Act.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, disclosed at a forum organised for Chief Executives of agencies, chairmen, secretaries of tender boards and other relevant stakeholders in the administration of procurement.

The permanent secretary stressed that the sanction has become imperative given the high cases of abuse of the Public Procurement Act by public officers.

She said: “the Procurement Act is what we are talking about, and in that act, the responsibility lies solely on the shoulders of the Chief Executive. In that act, it stipulates what the sanctions are.

“One sanction is that the liability of what you do in office lies with you even after you have left service. Even if the chief executive is in place for 4 or 5 years and leave service, he or she will be called back to answer what he did in office.”

The permanent secretary further directed the head of agencies to ensure that advertisement for contracts and projects should only be placed on national dailies and federal tender’s journal.

Earlier the Director of Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Hussaini Adamu said; “ it is necessary to state that the provisions of the act cover all Federal Government procuring entities as well as other units which derived at least 35 percent of funds appropriated for any type of procurement.

“It is on that note, that effective and timely implementation of the budget couple with strict compliance to the provisions of the act becomesexpedient for all procuring entities.”

Adamu further charged the participants to remain focus so as to curb excesses in execution of government business.