FEDERAL Government has
directed Ministries, Departments
and Agencies, MDAs, to forward
list of ongoing and new projects
in order of priority for immediate
funding.
The directive is contained in
a circular from the Ministry of
Budget and National Planning
and the Office of the Secretary to
the Government of the Federation,
SGF, made available on Sunday in
Abuja.
According to the circular
signed by Mrs Fatima Mede, the
permanent secretary, Ministry of
Budget and National Planning, all
MDAs are to submit their project
list to the ministry.
She stated that “ministers
are expected to give necessary
directives to their permanent
secretaries to immediately
commence procurement process
as part of efforts toward ensuring
effective implementation of the
2016 budget.
“In this regard, all ministries
should forward the list of projects
in order of priority that requires
immediate funding to the Ministry
of Budget and National Planning.
“This is to enable us to process
and thereafter send report to the
Federal Ministry of Finance for
release of funds.”
Similarly, the circular from the
SGF’s office signed by the SGF, Mr
Babachir Lawal, stated that the 2016
budget must be fully and effectively
implemented.
To achieve this, the SGF ordered
all MDAs to accelerate procurement
activities for all new and ongoing
projects and programmes indicated
in the 2016 budget.
Lawal, however, stated that this
must be carried out in accordance
with the provisions of the Public
Procurement Act 2007.
He noted that “MDAs are
accordingly directed to comply with
the six weeks advertisement period
stipulated in the procurement act to
fast-track the implementation of the
2016 budget, particularly for new
programmes and projects.
“In other words, prequalified
evaluation process should not
exceed 14 days, while financial
evaluation process, notification of
award and obtaining necessary
approvals should not exceed 30
days altogether.
“Furthermore, MDAs are
directed to advertise and invite
bids for projects costing less than
N100 million for goods and services
and N300 million for works as
such procurement do not require
separate prequalification.
“This will reduce the average
processing time for open
competitive bidding by at least
35 days and further accelerate
implementation of the 2016
budget.”
He further stated that MDAs
that had not commenced the
implementation of their 2016
procurement plans were directed to
proceed immediately, threatening
that slowness in whatever form
would not be tolerated.
He advised accounting officers
to ensure strict compliance with the
contents of the circular


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