The National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) has revealed that the Bonthe Municipal Council has fulfilled its procurement requirements by submitting their annual plans to the Authority and that other councils within the country are yet to comply with the rules and regulations in the Procurement Act 2004.
The occasion was a two day forum for procurement personnel of government Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Parastatals, Public Enterprises and Local Councils in the Northern Region at the Abbati Hall, Fatima Institute in Makeni.
The theme for the two day forum was: Enhancing effective contract execution and management in procuring entities for quality service delivery. Participants were specifically drawn from Makeni, Kambia, Port Loko, Tonkolili and Koinadugu Councils.
The head of Capacity Building Unit at NPPA Fredrick Musa who facilitated the forum said all local councils and public enterprises and Government agencies are expected to submit their annual procurement plans to the Authority for approval.
He also said that it is mandatory to submit annual procurement plans to the Authority before procuring goods and services noting that there should also be proper management of records relating to procurement at the established unit for references.
He further expressed dismay over the lack of compliance in certain Government Agencies, Public Enterprises and Local Councils; he however commended the Bonthe Council for taking the lead to submit their annual procurement plan.
NPPA Civil Works Consultant Solomon Matturi spoke about contract management evaluation of procurement contracts and reporting of information to the National Public Procurement Authority as the regulatory institution.
A similar forum for heads of procurement personnel, Government Departments, Agencies, Commissions, Parastatals, Public Enterprises and Local Councils in the Sothern Region commenced yesterday and is expected to end today in Bo.