Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, in collaboration with David Consult, has organised a workshop with the theme: “Entrenching Transparency and Prudence in Management of Government Procurement Process: The responsibility of Stakeholders” for top government officials, as well as Chairmen of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas at Airport Hotel Ikeja.
Declaring the two-day workshop open, the Lagos State Head of Service Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola said the workshop was designed to deepen understanding of the procurement process and the need to comply with procurement Law and regulations to support the attainment of the 2012 – 2025 State Developmental Goals.
According to him, having good knowledge of the process will bring additional development to the State as well encourage smooth and swift implementation of projects and programmes of the government for the benefit of the masses.
He, however, charged the participants to maximise the opportunity provided by the workshop by applying all the tips and knowledge acquired while undertaking the procurement processes of the State.
The General Manager, Lagos State Procurement Agency, Mr. Fatai Idowu Onafowote in his welcome address stated that the workshop is essential forsensitising and educating participants on the requisite knowledge and skills in Public Procurement and Contract Management during the implementation and acquisition of goods and services.
In his words, “It is a well-established fact that clear and transparent procurement processes are at the heart of anti-corruption measures, aimed at building people’s confidence in today’s government”.
Onafowote said the workshop is aimed at deepening the understanding of procurement process for MDAs and Local Authorities, stressing that development is only possible and achievable when everyone involved in the procurement process is ready to work as a team.
He posited that the problem with the implementation of the procurement process is an issue of corruption that is very pervasive in Nigeria today and as such, Accounting Officers need to ensure proper records of all transactions are in line with laid down rules and regulations.