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The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has begun the pilot phase of the implementation of first national action plan of the Nigeria Open Government Partnership (OGP) by training participants on open contracting project.

The training, which took place last Wednesday, in Abuja, was declared open by the Director-General, Mr Mamman Ahmadu.

Director, Data Base Department, Mr Aliyu Aliyu, said President Muhammadu Buhari had at the London Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, committed to applying the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) in certain projects in the country.

He said that informed the decision to begin implementation by first training directors of procurement from seven Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with links to those projects.

Buhari had, at the summit, said Nigeria would work towards full implementation of the OCDS, focusing on major projects as an early priority.

He had said the OCDS would be applied in the development of refineries in the oil sector, building of health centres and improvement of health services, building of roads and other infrastructure.

It would also be applied in the building of schools, improving transparency in the management of education funds and investment in the power sector.

Aliyu said the platform was already on and because it was a co-creator’s system, the BPP had started the process and the site was already up.

“What is left is to get the buy in of the pilot ministries and that is why directors of procurement who are saddled with the records of procurement were invited here.

“What we need to do after that is to get the information technology staff that will implement it to work and that will be the next phase of training.

“We will teach them how to upload the data so that citizens can access them.’’

Aliyu said OCP was a partnership between the government and the citizens which came into effect as a result of people feeling that citizens were not part of government.

He said as a global movement, it was viewed that citizens should now be part of government from budgeting to contract implementation and evaluation.

“Part of it is the open contracting which should enhance transparency for the people that stand to benefit from government activities apart from participating.

“The BPP has been part of developing an open contracting platform; in fact, the development that came from BPP won a world award.’’

Mr Adesina Mokuolu, the BPP Focal Point on e-Government Procurement (e-GP) and the developer of the system, made the presentation on the application of the platform.

He said the principles guiding the system were affirmative disclosure, participation, monitoring and oversight.

He said the system was structured on planning, initiation of tenders, contract award and implementation.

He added that the OCDS was designed around four distinct cases mainly value for money, detection of fraud and corruption, competing for contracts and monitoring service delivery.

Some of the participants said the system was commendable, adding that if all that was contained in the system was followed, it would enhance ease of doing business and bring in more investors.

They, however, appealed to the Federal Government to provide functional internet facilities to make for better interface with other MDAs on the system.


Quelle/Source: The Tide, 25.08.2017

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