From: FORTUNE OYEM
Participants at a one day stakeholders meeting to discuss key transparency and accountability initiatives in Edo State wants the Edo State Government to implement capacity training for Civil society organizations and the Media on Public Procurement in the state.
They also urged the Edo State Government via her Public Procurement Agency to remove impediments challenging the observation and monitoring of Public Procurement in the state.
Program Manager, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, Mr. Innocent Edemhanria and other participants decried the clauses imposed by the Edo State Public Procurement Agency to civil society organizations on Procurement monitoring.
According to Mr Edemhanria ” some clauses imposed by the Edo State Public Procurement Agency on Procurement monitoring to Civil society organizations and have made monitoring a bit stringent, I think it’s high time they reconsider the rules to make it easier for procurement monitoring”
They appealed to the Edo State Government to reconsider her decisions and put in place measures to make it easier for Civil society organizations and the media to monitor public procurement in the state.
Earlier in a remark, Head Enforcement, Edo State Public Procurement Agency, Mr. James Owolabi said, the Edo State Public Procurement Agency has achieved alot in the discharge of her responsibility.
Citing the passage of the public procurement Law by the Edo State House of Assembly in 2020 and the E- governance procurement system among others, Mr. Owolabi appealed to stakeholders to continue to give them the necessary support in the discharge of their responsibility.
The event had in attendance various stakeholders from the civil society organizations and the media, including the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Edo State Council, Mr Festus Alenkhe.