Unlike the past when regional commanders and officers in charge of the various prison departments around the country, the current management have decided to decentralize all procurement processes regarding health, nutrition and other necessities required for the smooth administration of that department.
In an effort to ascertain the credibility of the procurement process Awoko caught up with the Director of Prisons A M Showers who confided in Awoko that the effective and efficient operations has a lot to do with procurement and therefore required a credible and responsible contractor.
He maintained that prisons is a government entity and must be seen complimenting government’s policy especially in the area of procurement which takes over 50% of government resources.
He stated that, the opening of bids are currently ongoing in Freetown and the regional headquarters of Bo and Makeni where potential contractors would be identified after thorough scrutiny. He added that all potential contractors would be taken in their respective localities because they are better aufait with situation in those communities.
When asked on how transparent the procurement process is, he said all the bids are publicized in the media and only registered enterprises and contractors with well established bank accounts are considered.
By Solomon Rogers