The National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) will today start its annual public procurement assessment for the year 2010, which is a major commitment of the Authority and a requirement set by donor partners to carry out an annual assessment. The assessment will take place between February 21st and 25th.
To kick start the assessment, the Authority over the weekend trained a total of 70 Enumerators, Supervisors and Coordinators.
Speaking at the ceremony which took place at the FAWE Headquarters’ Hill Street, the Acting Chief Executive of NPPA Dr. Adeyemi Suleiman said that the exercise is very important to the country as the Authority is the regulatory body of procurement activities undertaken by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA’s) that use public funds.
He stressed that the Authority is making sure that the law is enforced and this can only be done when they go to these MDA’s and monitor their compliance with the law. He said that NPPA cannot do this work all alone since they have about 30 staff and the work requires about 70 technical hands to do the job. Therefore additional hands had to be hired to help in the data collection.
Speaking to the Enumerators and Supervisors who are not staff of the NPPA the Chief said “because we have a few staff at the Authority to do the job that is why we have to employ you to help in the data collection.”
The Ag. Chief Executive went on “you are now staff of the NPPA and you are governed by the codes and ethics of the Authority since we are sending you to collect information you should comport yourselves and not quarrel with the respondents. You should make sure that they understand you and you also understand them so that you will get the information required.”
He said that the selection of the Enumerators was carefully made because there were about four hundred applicants but they only need seventy so the people should take the work seriously.
Giving a background and aims of the assessment the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the NPPA Mohamed Musa said one of the main aims of the assessment is to measure the level of compliance of procurement by entities with the Act.
Another aim of the assessment is to appropriately advise Government on Public Financial Management and also to assess the extent to which the benchmarks set by development partners have been met.
Mr. Musa further stated that “the assessment for compliance and bench marking will be undertaken in 120 entities in the District Headquarter towns of Kailahun, Kenema, Kono, Kambia, Makeni, Magburaka, Kabala, Port Loko, Bo, Bonthe, Mattru, Moyamba, Pujehun, Waterloo and in Freetown, the national capital.”
He explained “the fundamental importance of accurate and reliable data collection” stating that “The Coordinators and the Supervisors who include technical staff of NPPA will strengthen the skill level gaps of other staff.”
Presenting on the role of the Coordinators Moses Ngebeh Acting Head of Procurement of the NPPA said all heads of department of the Authority will join in coordinating the exercise.
By Betty Milton