The outgoing Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mr Emeka Ezeh, says the bureau has saved the nation about N658 billion on procurement since 2009.
He said this while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said the savings were facilitated through BPP’s prior review of contracts awarded by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“From 2009 till 2014, especially for projects that go to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), we have gathered savings of about 658 billion naira.’’
Ezeh said that he felt fulfilled having served the nation in the capacity he did especially being the pioneer DG of the agency.
“I feel extremely fulfilled looking at where we are coming from where virtually there was no structure and we had nobody to refer to and we didn’t really have any reference point.
Now we have come to the point where we have an agency to talk about. We have elevated procurement to the number one government institution that is very critical to the government.’’
According to him, the Bureau has created a platform for procurement all over the system and process has become easier for the Federal Government.
He also said that one of the achievements of the bureau while he was the helmsman was the platform provided for all bidders to compete favourably.
“Providing a platform for all strata of bidders to participate in the process, giving ordinary people who have no access to people in government is one of my achievements.’’
Ezeh, however, said that the major challenge experienced was the lack of understanding of the major political actors.
This, he said, was due to the non return of many members of the National Assembly at the 2015 general elections.
“It is challenging when there is a total sweep of membership of the National Assembly and the rate of return was quite low.
You have to start all over to begin to try to understand the new set of people with their own understanding and it is a whole lot of stress on governance.
“Each time you have a new set of leaders you have this issue of trying to bring them to understand the issues,’’ he said.
He handed over the reins of the bureau to Mr Babatunde Kuye, Director of Energy Infrastructure Department.
Ezeh became the DG of the BPP on acting capacity in 2007 when it was established and was later confirmed in 2009.