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Education Ministry spits fire over abuse of Public Procurement Act

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.”

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.