A non-governmental organisation working around taxes and public procurements, FollowTaxes has rewarded two female public procurement monitors in Kaduna State with N5,000 cash each.
The two beneficiaries of the reward are Sureyya Muhammed who is a procurement monitor based in Yola road, Tudun Nupawa and a member of E-CAPH and Angwan Sanusi based activist, Yanasu Aliyu – all in Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State.
FollowTaxes had commenced e-survey on action research on public procurement around COVID-19.
Lead, FollowTaxes, Kaduna Field Office, Saied Tafida PhD, told this correspondent that his organisation was conducting research to understand the impact of COVID-19 in line with public procurements, especially during an emergency.
According to Tafida, “emergency procurement is a single procurement process that excludes due bidding process due to the urgency of the procuring items.
“However, emergency procurement may lead to corruption and then drive us back to the ground zero levels.
“So, we used a systematic random selection to reward two respondents with the sum of N5,000 each to monitor a procurement in Kaduna State.
“The thinking was to support them with transportation while monitoring procurements around the state.
Responding, one of the beneficiaries, Sureyya Muhammed said, “I don’t know how I will start appreciating this gift from you people. Thank you very much.
“Due to this COVID-19 pandemic, some people are complaining of hunger. So am going to use this money to help such people in my own little way”, she said.