Communique issued at the end of Train-the-Trainer Capacity Building workshop on Public Procurement Act 2007 Monitoring and Observation for Civil Society Organisations held at Burgeon Hills Hotel Enugu on June 2nd 2010, organised by Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)
The workshop was attended by over 30 civil society organizations represented by about 60 participants drawn from the south eastern states .the workshop which was declared open by Mallam Shehu Director of compliance at bureau of procurement on behalf of the director general of the bureau also held in attendance the assistant director training of BPP.
Mr. Rhema Ehiemere represented, CISLAC at the workshop while Mr Onyema Emmanuel of crime free CSOS and Barr. Osita Nnamani Ogbu were facilitators.
Papers were presented on:
- Overview of CSO participation in the public procurement act 2007
- Guide for CSOs monitoring and observation for public procurement implementation using the checklist
- Strengthening CSOs capacity to advocate for the passage of the public procurement law at state levels
An interactive session followed after the paper presentations, this session afforded the participants opportunities to bare their minds on public procurement acts monitoring and observations (CSOs) in complementing the efforts of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
The participants appreciated the efforts CISLAC and BPP in organizing the workshop but observed:
- That despite the far reaching sensitization and enlightenment efforts of the bureau of public procurement nationwide some MDAs are yet to appreciate the relevance and the need to comply with the stipulations of the public procurement act.
- That the nation’s public procurement act is a necessary instrument for promotion of efficient public fund management and accountability which should be accepted by states and non-state actors at all levels.
- That non-existence of national council on public procurement is hampering effective enforcement of provisions of the public procurement act in the country as a whole and southeast in particular.
- The participants at the workshop made the following recommendations.
- That there should be a coalition/network of civil society organizations in the southeast Geo-political zone with representatives in each state for continuous monitoring and evaluation of public procurement to ensure compliance with PPA.
- That the civil society organizations should take public procurement monitoring as a thematic area for their work.
- That regular capacity building workshop should be organized for CSOs on public procurement monitoring and observation so as to develop their capacity and motivate them to monitor implementation of PP laws.
- That such public procurement monitoring evaluation capacity building programmes should involve community based organizations, town unions, traditional rulers and faith based organizations as a way of involving the beneficiaries of the project in the monitoring process.
- The bureau of public procurement should initiate CSOs understand the challenges and constraints of contractors involved in public procurement projects.
- That the states should adopt public procurement act or enact laws for establishment of public procurement bureau as a means of ensuring transparency and accountability in public spending.
Auwal Ibrahim Musa Rafsanjani Mbadugha.Emeka
Executive Director (CISLAC)