September 18, 2020
To popularise the second edition of the Public Procurement Manual, the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) has on Tuesday, September 15th, commenced a month-long training for procurement practitioners attached to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies across Sierra Leone.
The training will target one hundred and thirty procurement practitioners in all MDAs across the country and it will focus on contract and records management, among several other topics.
Speaking at the opening session of the training at the Lotto Building, Tower Hill in Freetown, Board Chairman of NPPA, Alfred Kandeh said the training was very important for practitioners.
He said the institution has launched several documents that constitute the very foundation of procurement, thus citing the second edition of the procurement manual.
He urged procurement practitioners to be reading the manual and be in a position to tell Permanent Secretaries and Directors of ministries about the dictates of the rules and processes of public procurement.
He said the training was a kind of a familiarisation meeting and urged practitioners to make judicious use of it.
Deputy Director, Procurement Directorate of the Ministry of Finance,Foday Konneh underscored that the procurement manual is a core that practitioners cannot do without and congratulates NPPA for reviewing the manual.
He encouraged all practitioners to use the manual judiciously and make it a reference point throughout their work.
Chief Executive of NPPA,Ibrahim Swarray,reflected on the promise made by President Bio during his campaign period-that his administration would spend the state resources judiciously –and that to realise such dream- procurement practitioners must stand tall and do the right thing in their various offices.
He underscored the importance of procurement practitioners-to ensure that all leakages are closed –and make Sierra Leone a better place for all and sundry.
“The responsibility to make Sierra Leone a better place lies on us. Let’s look at the decision we make and make sure that due processes are followed and reduce abnormality,” he said.
He urged participants to see the training as a learning point and ensure the country moves forward.
“Make use of the opportunity and practicalise it in all MDAs,”
As the chief adviser to the government on procurement, he promised to take to task any procurement practitioner that goes against the rules and basic norms of procurement.