October 23, 2020
While launching the second quarter of the Public Procurement Bulletin 2020 at the Conference Room of the National Authorising Office, Tower Hill in Freetown, Chief Executive of the National Public Procurement (NPPA) informed the gathering that the authority was able to save the government Le12, 767,921,765(Twelve Billion, Seven hundred and sixty seven million, nine hundred and twenty one thousand, seven hundred and sixty five Leones).
Speaking at the ceremony on Tuesday, October 20th, Brima Ibrahim Swaray said the day marked a significant milestone in their journey to ensure public accoutablity, stating that one of the issues responsible for chaos during electioneering process is the fact that accountability is lacking in the use of public funds, hence the need to be proactive so as to avoid unnecessary blame game.
He stressed the essence of resource management as key to national development, thus emphasising the need for accountability and transparency in the day-to-day use of public funds.
He said the bulletin embodies a challenge for the public to hold institutions accountability because it contains all public procurement details.
“We want to ensure people’s monies are protected so we published all procurement anomalies in the bulletin,” he said.
The report catalogue series of procurement anomalies in various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, but singled out the Ministry of Water Resources as the most compliance ministry with outstanding observance of processes and procedures.
The Chief Executive encouraged other ministries and agencies to follow the foot step of the procurement officer at the Ministry of Water Resources.
Other speakers from Budget Advocacy Network and Transparency International emphasised the importance of public procurement through which eighty percent of public funds are expended.