Ebonyi: USAID, LGAs brainstorm on seamless procurement

The USAID State Accountability, Transparency and Effectiveness (State2State) has organised a three-day workshop for local government government areas (LGAs) in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, in order to strengthen and make their procurement plans effective and seamless.

Speaking while declaring the workshop open, the USAID State2State Team Leader, Dr Sam Onyia, underscored the importance of the workshop and said it was designed to assist the council areas to sharpen their skills about procurement processes and plans.

Dr Onyia emphasised the need for the participants to be familiar with the Ebonyi State Public Procurement Law 2019 as amended and to also have a functional website.

In a message she sent to the training, the Permanent Secretary/Executive Secretary Bureau for Public Procurement, Mrs Betty Uzoma who spoke on the gains Ebonyi State has made in the area of Public Procurement commended the organisers for their foresight in organising the programme.

Represented by the Head of Department, Bureau for Public Procurement, Mr Austin Aleke, the Executive Secretary reeled out the key successes of Ebonyi State Public Procurement reform efforts which made the state to be the best in the country.

Speaking on the qualities of a good procurement plan, the State2State LGA Manager, Mrs Victoria Eze, identified the concepts of transparency, accountability, value for money, fair competition, non discrimination, ethical practices, etc as some of the characteristics of a good plan. 

The State2State PFM Specialist, Mr Chibueze Nwonye lectured on the Review of Public Procurement Planning and Public Procurement Planning Template.

Four focal LGAs of Abakaliki, Ohaozora, Ikwo, Ebonyi participated as well as officials from the State BPP, Local Government Service Commission, Office of the Auditor-General for Local Government and the State Auditor General, Dr Samuel Udu, were in attendance.