Effort to use technology to check stealing in government buyings in the 36 States of the Federation is underway as Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority (KADPPA) on behalf of the 36 States opened bids to devolop and manage electronic procurement portals.
Six firms successfully submitted their bids, while the seventh firm submitted late leading to inability of the panel to open it. (Friday, Feb. 14, 2020)
The first firm was KKC Professional Services, Lagos, with a total bid of $1.98 million dollars, equivalent to N606 million.
The second bid opened was Momenta Qatar, at $4.89 million dollars, equivalent to N1.49 billion. However, the cash scheduled was not enclosed in the bid, but amount provided during the bid opening session.
The third firm was CCG Systems, Lagos, at $3.98 million dollars (N1.22 billion); then Project Monitoring Consult, Lagos, N413.89 million; and European Dynamics, UK Ltd. at $1.13 million dollars (N343.32 million).
The sixth firm was Next Tenders, India, at $3.54 million dollars (N1.08 billion), excluding VAT.
The seventh bid from Soft Alliance Resource Ltd, was not opened because it was submitted when submission has closed.
The Director, Compliance and Capacity Building, KADPPA, Mr Mohammed Suleiman, said at the opening of the bidding process in Kaduna that, the measure was to deepen transparency and accountability in procurement process.
Suleiman said that the bid was part of the e-procurement reform project, being finance by the World Bank, in collaboration with the 36 states and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The project was under the World Bank-supported States Fiscal Transparency and Accountability System (SFTAS).
Suleiman, who is also the Project Manager of the e-procurement solution, said that the bidding was being coordinated by KADPPA, on behalf of the 36 state of the federation.
According to him, the efforts was crucial in ensuring transparency and accountability through the use of e-platform that ensure less human interface in the procurement processes.
“The e-procurement solution is the best way to ensure credibility, fairness and accountability, in line with international best practices with a view to curb corruption in procurement activities by reducing human interface.
“With the platform in place, all procurement process will be carried out online from beginning to the end.”
He added that the portal would also house the Open Contracting Data System (ODCS), where all contracts activities will be published for procurement agency, regulators and members of the public to access.
He stressed that the e-platform would provide the needed interface between procurement agencies and the general public throughout the pre-bid stage, the bid stage and the post bid stage.
By Sola Ojo