Nigeria okays N1.6bn for e-Government procurement platform to fight graft

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The Nigerian government has approved N1.6bn for the establishment of an e-Government procurement platform to eliminate corrupt practices in government’s procurement system.

Approval was given this week at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari as part of measures to tame rising cases of graft in the public sector.

New platform to eliminate corruption

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPP), Mamman Ahmadu, said the new platform would help eliminate corruption as well as enhance the country’s procurement process.

His words: “Today, BPP presented a memo on e-government procurement. E-government procurement has the potential of improving the procurement process, eliminate corruption and reduce the leak time in the procurement process itself.

“There have been a lot of complaints about the long time it takes to go through the due process. With the establishment of this, we will reduce that time.

“It also removes subjectivity from the process. There have been lots of complaints about subjectivity in the approval process that will be dealt with squarely when it is eventually launched”.

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