The Chief Executive Officer of the National Procurement Authority, Dr. Alfred Kandeh has told Journalists that before the new Procurement Legislation was passed in Parliament, procurement was characterized by fraud.
Reflecting on the background of the National Procurement Authority, Dr. Kandeh revealed that procurement was done through the Central Tender Board in the Ministry of Finance, which he said was characterized by fraud.
He said the procurement reform started in earnest in 2002, but legislation was passed in 2004 and implemented in 2005.
“The public procurement law had always enjoyed the support of government as it seeks to prevent the Country’s resource from been underutilized” he said.
Since the implementation started in 2005 he said, procurement has been decentralized from the central Government Ministries and Departments to Local Councils.
“You can now do your procurement in your location without coming to Freetown where you would have to wait on the tender board to procure for you” Dr. Kandeh reiterated.
He was reputed to have said that, a panel comprising of legal minded personnel has been set up within his office to look into aggrieved cases regarding procurement or award of contract.
On the question of some members of the Procurement Board operating a company or serving as a Contractor, he said, that person would be taken to the Anti- Corruption Commission under section 33, 34 and 35 of the national procurement law of Sierra Leone.
He maintained that, by next week there would be an international forum on public procurement to be sponsored by the Commonwealth; to deliberate on issues of procurement best practices among sister countries.
He stated that participants would include expatriates from Singapore, the Gambia, Liberia Uganda, South Africa and other Countries to harmonize procurement principles
By Solomon Rogers