June 18, 2018
By Ibrahim Tarawallie
New Chief Executive of the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) has assured high level transparency and accountability in public procurement in the country.
Ibrahim Brima Swarray was speaking last Thursday, shortly after taking over as head of the country’s procurement institution from Brima Bangura.
“As a regulatory institution, this country relies greatly on the NPPA in ensuring that there is value for money in all procurement activities. I am here with open hands and ready to work with everyone,” he said.
Swarray said the procurement manual would be updated to reflect changes in the Procurement Act and Regulations, adding that clarity in procurement process and the incorporation of best practice approaches that take into consideration value for money, accountability and transparency, would be ensured.
In a bid to making the institution more visible and proactive in its operations, the new chief executive spoke about plans to develop a compliance and performance monitoring system to improve upon the monitoring manual and risk-based approaches.
He added that the performance monitoring system would also include rating for all procuring entities according to their level of compliance and performance.
“We shall conduct regular reviews and audit of procurement activities across procuring entities and publish the findings of such reviews and audit to foster accountability and transparency.’’
He cautioned those who come to work as and when they feel like to desist forthwith as a culture of internal discipline would be instilled among members of staff.
Mr. Swarray also assured that as head of the institution, he would ensure that procurement stays because they have a mandate as enshrined in the Act to regulate and monitor.
Earlier, the outgone Chief Executive Brima Bangura welcomed his successor and noted that he took up the institution in 2012 when it was struggling to have funds, but tried his best to uplift the institution by ensuring that procurement rules and regulations are followed.