Lagos State Accountant General, Mrs. Abimbola Umar has implored all Directors/Heads of Finance and Accounts Departments in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the State Government to sustain the impressive procurement and payment processes which ensures transparency and accountability in the use of public funds.
Umar, who made the appeal at the second quarterly technical meeting organized by the State Treasury Office (STO) for Directors/Head of Finance, noted that the success story of Lagos, especially in the area of effective management of its resources, has put the State in an enviable position.
She, therefore, urged them to always strive for excellence through deft management of resources.
Also speaking, the General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Mr. Fatai Onafowote, in a lecture titled: “Effective and Sustainable Procurement System in Lagos State, Partnering for Development”, stated that professionals in the accounting field are expected to ensure good governance through transparency, inclusiveness, competitiveness using a procurement system that supports State development goals and engender public trust.
While highlighting some of the steps involved in procuring goods and services for government, Onafowote underscored the need for all Heads of MDAs to involve their Procurement Officers from planning to project implementation stage.
According to him, “Finance and Accounts Officers apart from carrying the Procurement Officers along, should also ensure that necessary sign-offs are sought and consider the availability of fund for proper execution of project’’.
He also told them to confirm that the preferred contractor or supplier for the project is registered with the Lagos State Government and adhere to the use of procurement standard template for making request.
He disclosed further that the monitoring unit of the Agency will soon commence scheduled and unscheduled visits to the sites of various capital on-going projects to certify that they conform with contractual agreement.