MPs discuss Public Procurement Act 2015


June 29, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura

The Presidential and Defence Committees in Parliament have in a pre-legislative meeting last Thursday discussed the Public Procurement Act of 2015, being an Act to make provisions for the continuance in existence of the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) to further regulate and harmonize public procurement processes in the public service and decentralise public procurement to procuring entities.

In his statement, chairman of the committee, Hon. Patrick Lahai Kargbo, said the Procurement Act is being used in different ministries because of the lack of standard in procurement procedures, as government officials were unable to account for financial resources, especially during procurement.

He called on Parliament to look at the revised Act properly in a bid to amend where there were lapses and pass it into law.

NPPA Chief Executive Officer, Brima Bangura, said the revised Act has gone through many stages and scrutiny and that it was stronger now as compared to those in other countries.

He however stressed the need to strengthen some areas that needed clarity.

Clerk of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Sesay, described the bill as very crucial for vault controllers, which was why they had organised the pre-legislative meeting to see how best they would discuss and debate on its merit and demerit.

He stated that written presentations pertaining issues that would cause conflict of interest have been delivered to the relevant authorities, and warned participants to be careful when making their presentations.