AKHA PASSES PUBLIC PROCUREMENT BILL

AKHA PASSES PUBLIC PROCUREMENT BILL

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly in its plenary, Tuesday, has passed into law Public Procurement Bill to regulate and monitor the procurement of goods, works and services in the State.

The House plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey received the report of joint House Committee of Finance/ Appropriations and Economic Planning which looked into the tenets of the bill after its second reading, recently, for legislative scrutiny before the final consideration by the whole House.

Presenting the report by the Lead Sponsor, Rt. Hon. Uduak Odudoh, member representing Ikot Abasi/Eastern Obolo State Constituency who doubles as the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriations said the Bureau when established according to the bill as passed will enthrone openness, transparency and non-discriminatory action in the provision of public goods, works, services as all requirements for supplies, works and services above certain monetary thresholds are advertised and tendered in accordance to published rules.

The bill will also ensure the best value of money is obtained when public funds are expended; and following the procedure of procurement in the bill, goods and services are guaranteed to be obtained from appropriate suppliers to enable public institutions meet their strategic objectives in an economic, efficient and effective manner.

Professionalism and competency is guaranteed as it has to do with public procurement process from invitation stage to bid, bid security, submission of bids, rejection of bids, bids opening and awarding of contracts. It will as well enhance accountability on the part of public officers.

Contractors with the law on ground, will be given level playing ground and the best bidder will be awarded with any contract under bid.

Also, it is guaranteed that with the law in existence, contract will be completed within project-time and abiding within contract-cost.

The commencement date for “A Bill For a Law to Establish the Akwa Ibom State Bureau of Public Procurement and Budget Monitoring for the Conduct of Public Procurement in the State and for other matters connected therewith” as passed into law was dated February 11, 2020.

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