The Federal Ministry of Education has said Chief Executives and Director Generals heading government departments and agencies face sanction over abuse of the Public Procurement Act.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, who spoke at a forum organised for Chief Executives of agencies, chairmen, secretaries of tenders board and other relevant stakeholders in the administration of procurement., said the sanction has become imperative given the high cases of abuse of the Public Procurement Act by public officers.
She said: “The Procurement Act is what we are talking about, and in that act the responsibility lies solely on the shoulders of the Chief Executive. In that act, it stipulate what the sanctions are.
“One sanction is that the liability of what you do in office lies with you even after you have left service. Even if the chief executive is in place for 4 or 5 years and leave service, he or she will be called back to answer what he did in office.”
The permanent secretary asked the head of agencies to ensure that advertisement for contracts and projects should only be placed on national dailies and federal tenders journal.
The Director of Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Hussaini Adamu, also said ” it is necessary to state that the provisions of the act cover all Federal Government’s procuring entities as well as other units which derived at least 35% of funds appropriated for any type of procurement.
“It is on that note, that effective and timely implementation of the budget couple with strict compliance to the provisions of the act becomes expedient for all procuring entities.”
Adamu charged the participants to remain focus so as “to curb excesses in execution of government business.”