The inauguration of new

ministers and conferment of portfolios

on them have set the ball of governance

rolling. However, in order not place

the cart before the horse, it is time to

constitute the National Council on

Public Procurement.

The president in his campaigns

promised to set up the NCPP and this

was also re-affirmed in his inauguration

speech. The constitution of the NCPP

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suffered set back during the last

administration, as a result the Federal

Executive Council became an avenue

for the award of contract in breach of

the law.

Recall that the Public Procurement

Act 2007 made provisions for the

National Council on Procurement and

gave it powers to set up the bureau for

public procurement. Section (2) of the

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Act enumerated functions of the council

to include consider, approve and amend

monetary and prior review thresholds

by procuring entity; Consider and

approve policies on public procurement

amongst others.

The NCPP is to certify federal

procurement prior to the awards

of contract, and supervise the

implementation of established

procurement policies. As provided

in the PPA 2007, there are certain

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thresholds of contracts which cannot be

approved by the permanent secretaries;

such contracts are to be referred to the

council. Contracts with thresholds

above 10 million naira for works and 5

million naira for goods are to be referred

to the Council for approval. In the past

regime, the president assumed the

powers of the chairman of the NCPP