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‘Price Norm is a mandatory document’

-NPPA Chief

Procurement gurus launching the price norm

February 5, 2021

While launching the 1st quarter of the 2021 Price Norm, Chief Executive of the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA),Brima Ibrahim Swarray, noted that the use of the document is mandatory and that ‘nobody should leave it to  do things otherwise.

He called on procurement practitioners to be strongly aufait with the laws that guide their operations and do things within the ambit of the law, so that audit will become a thing of the past.

“Nobody will make our discipline enviable order than us as practitioners. I want to see decent audit report coming out because of professionalism. Sierra Leone needs to be known outside for the good reason,” he said.

He warned against the use of the 2006 procurement regulations that works in tandem with the 2004 Procurement Act,a law that is no longer in force, but rather use the 2020 procurement regulations that is a product of the 2016 Procurement Act, which replaces the 2004 Act.

“Use either the 2016 Act or the 2020 procurement regulations. The 2004 Procurement Act and the 2006 regulations are dead and gone,” he said.

He called on practitioners to always get to NPPA should they have any challenge using the price norm.

Acting Director, Procurement Directorate at the Ministry of Finance,Fodie Konneh,said the Price Norm has become a very important document for all procurement practitioners across the country.

“It is a very strategic document and an operational tool for all practitioners. It is an audit document and it is a value for money enhancement tool. It is a statistical tool that gives information about products that are available in our market. It is a national document and a living organism for our use,” he said.

Board Chairman, NPPA, Alfred Bob Kandeh, called on practitioners to take the price norm as their bible and make judicious use of it.

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