By TERYIMA ANDREW
Procurement officers of the Plateau state government have been told to be transparent and prudence in their affairs.
Director General, Bureau for public procurement of the state, Peter Dogo gave the Charged on Thursday to participants at a one day workshop for procurement officers of various ministries and agencies of government.
Mr. Dogo told the 73 participants that lack of procurement plan could degenerate into corrupt practices.
“When you have a procurement plan, it helps in monitoring procurement process,” he said.
He therefore urged that every procurement officer in Plateau state must abide by the laws of public procurement to achieve set goals.
The Director General revealed that the workshop is targeted at saving cost in acquisition of goods and services for government.
“All procurement must be open, because it is public funds been use for the purchase.”
According to Mr. Dogo, the ongoing year 2020 total budget size has about 70 to 80 percent procurement services, therefore, procurement officers at all levels must wakeup to their responsibilities for efficient service delivery.
The procurement expert named some of the procurement methods to include, Emergency products, sole source, small purchase, competitive seal bid procedure and competitive negotiation.
He warned that only in consultancy services that a procurement officer is allowed to negotiate the cost; there must be value for the funds spends.
Two participants at the workshop said the event was timely.
Dr. Pomark, Zachariah, from the office of the Secretary to Government of Plateau state; and the Director of Finance Services DFS of the State Fire service Mrs. Bridget Fom in seperate interviews with Journalists said the knowledge acquired shall enable them perform better in their respective offices.