Reps to investigate procurement ‘cartel’

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has ordered investigation into activities of a ‘cartel’ within the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
The activities of the cartel allegedly borders on fraudulent manipulation, abuse and breach of the Public Procurement Act.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion moved by Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa) on Thursday at plenary.
Namdas while leading the debate on the motion, said that “the Bureau adopts underhand practices aimed at bringing the bidding process within its reach, hence, the illegal activities of a cartel within the Bureau has prompted pre-qualified but unsuccessful bidders to write petitions to the Bureau against successful bidders.”
He noted that this type of practice by the bureau, undermine its responsibility of ensuring the application of fair, competitive and transparent standards and practices for the procurement; and the attainment of transparency, competitiveness, cost effectiveness and professionalism in the public-sector procurement system.
Namdas revealed that upon presentation of a petition, the Bureau forcefully initiated an administrative review process, suspended a certain procurement process and invited contractors and the MDAs for discussions, which eventually became an avenue for extortion of money from the contractor.
He therefore warned that “if urgent steps are not taken to address the activities of the cartel within the Bureau, it will result in severe damage to the Public Procurement system and to the budget implementation process.”
The House therefore resolved that its Committee on Public Procurement should investigate the matter and report back within six weeks for further legislative action.
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