March 1, 2021
In its quest to ensuring transparency and speed in public procurement, the National Public Procurement Authority will today commence a nationwide sensitization on the proposed Electronic Government Procurement (eGP).
Already, the Authority has concluded the eGP’s Functional Requirements Specification (FRS) and the institution will soon issue out a tender to secure the service of a company that would set up the system through which all public procurements would be conducted electronically.
Addressing the press on Friday at their OAU Drive Office in Freetown, Chief Executive of NPPA, Brima Ibrahim Swaray said three years when he took the mantle of leadership at the Authority, he made a commitment to Sierra Leoneans that the country will go live in terms of public procurement.
He acknowledged that Sierra Leone is grappling with the issue of transparency and that the only remedy to that would be electronic procurement.
“We want to see a Sierra Leone where transparency will be the undertone of all public procurement. We want to ensure that in the next five years all public procurements will strictly be digital. In the meantime, we will start with the Ministries of Education and Health where huge chunk of public money is being allocated,” he said.
He said with the introduction of the electronic procurement, the issue of missing documentation will be a thing of the past, transparency will be enhanced and that the process will enhance speed in the procurement sector.
He assured the public of utmost security that, the system will be secured to prevent hackers from invading it.
Board Chairman of NPPA, Alfred Kandeh emphasised the need for the public to embrace change in public procurement which has tremendously changed over the years.