The Public Private Development Centre (PPDC) in conjunction with Mac Arthur Foundation has commenced a 5-day training for CSOs, MDAs and LG officials in Adamawa state.
The organisers said they were disturbed by a low level of awareness on issues surrounding public procurement laws and processes, especially on the part of the public and major stakeholders in the quest to enhance transparency and accountability in governance.
Speaking in her opening remarks at the event in Yola, Precious Adigwe said the training was aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in governance and enhancing citizens’ participation, especially in monitoring government expenditures to ensure that compliance with public procurement laws and processes.
She further explained that, the training would also help the participants to understand procurement laws and processes as well as other related issues on public expenditures with the view to making them hold government accountable for their actions, especially interns of violations.
She further explained that the training would dwell extensively around governance, transparency and accountability in public finance management, public expenditures, the roles of civil society and challenges, as well as public procurement documents among others.
Shedding more light on the activities of the organization, Edidiong Effiong, who spoke about PPDC’s work and impact said the Centre was established in 2003 with the mandate of promoting citizens’ participation in governance and has over 10 years experienced in advocacy for transparency, accountability and good governance in the country.
He further noted that over the years, the organisation has made its marks and distinguished itself as one of the leading non-governmental organisations dedicated to promoting public participation in public procurement, access to justice, increased citizens access to information among many other areas, especially health and education issues.
Barr Lubna Dodo, representing Adamawa state Ministry of Justice dwelt extensively on the state procurement law and its nature in order to further acquaint them on how it works.