Communique Issued at the End of One Day Train- the- Trainer Capacity Building Workshop on Public Procurement Act 2007 Monitoring and Observation for CSOs in Kano State Held at the Ni’ma Guest Palace, Kano State on 27th May 2010.
The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) organized a One day train the trainer capacity building workshop for Civil Organisations in Kano State. The workshop which is part of a broader implementation including Enugu and Oyo States was held at the Ni’ma Guest Palace Hotel, Nasarawa Kano State on 27th May 2010. The meeting had 82 participants comprising a broad range of Civil Society Organisations and the media from Kano, Jigawa and Taraba States.
The workshop had the key objectives of building capacity, creating awareness on the PPA, building partnership and providing a platform for advocating the enactment of PPA at the state level. During the course of the workshop, there were three key sessions which dealt with an ‘An Overview of CSO Participation in Public Procurement Act 2007’, ‘Guide for CSOs Monitoring and Observation for Public Procurement Implementation Using the Checklist and ‘Strengthening CSOs Capacity to advocate for the Passage of the Public Procurement Law at the State Level’ the workshop exposed the CSOs in attendance to the provisions of the PPA and the opportunities therein for engaging the process for enhancing public expenditure transparency and accountability as a core principle of democracy and good governance.
The meeting was of a very participatory nature and at the end of the deliberations the following were the key observations and recommendations;
– The failure of leadership and governance in the country continues to undermine the notion of Democracy as a means of ensuring social progress
– The non implementation of the first provision of the PPA 2007 providing for the formation of the National Council on Public Procurement continues to create gaps for the full implementation of the PPA Act 2007
– The absence of a law backing access to information is a hindrance to the process of monitoring and tracking of public expenditure
– The Non domestication of the PPA in majority of the States undermines the fight against corruption and encourages the leakages in government expenditure at the other tiers of government
– Civil Society Organisations and the media lack the requisite skill to engage the procurement process at all levels.
– Absence of a formidable network at the State level to engage the Public Procurement Process
– A majority of the Nigerian Populace still lacks awareness on the PPA and PPP
– Democracy can be said to be thriving only when it guarantees the rights and meets the needs and aspirations of the people
– There is a need to as a matter of urgency constitute the National Council on Public Procurement and carry out all the provisions of the Act so as to enhance the legitimacy of the PPA as a tool for institutionalizing transparency and accountability in public expenditure.
– The enactment of the Freedom of Information law remains the most important step towards the eradication of corruption in the country and engendering a culture of transparency, accountability and participation in governance and its processes
– There should be a deliberate and consistent effort to build the technical capacity of CSOs to play their constitutional roles in the PP process effectively
– Civil Society must maintain a high level of integrity as a prerequisite to engage the PP process and maintain its watchdog role in the tracking and monitoring of public expenditure
– CSO, MDAs should step up its effort at sensitizing and creating the required awareness on PPA and its provisions for people’s participation and ownership of the process.
Auwal Musa Rafsanjani Kabiru Hamisu
Executive Director CISLAC Community Development Initiative Kano