The Director-General, Mr. Mamman Ahmadu and the Management staff of Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) played host to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai and his team in his office on a courtesy visit on the 23rd October 2017.
The DG, in a remark while receiving his guest, stated that there has been a significant increase in compliance in line with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act under the watch of the COAS, which was not so prior to his time. Emphasizing that the determination to comply with the provisions of the Act is exhibited by the Army’s regular interface with the Bureau for guidance and directions in their drive towards ensuring that “due process” is followed to the letter.
He highlighted that a lot is owed to the military with regards to public procurement because planning and strategy which are hallmarks in the principle of militarism has a fundamental role in public procurement process, stating that their terms as applied both in business, procurement and other fields of endeavour are resonant with the military tradition.
Mamman Ahmadu while appreciating and congratulating the Chief of Army Staff over his gallant exploits alongside his team in degrading the insurgency and terrorism in the North East and other parts of Nigeria, reflected that the Nigeria Army is in the forefront in the pursuit of due process in the military. And that “valued engineering” which is in use in most procurement procedure emerged from the military procurement process.
The DG also stated that with the level of compliance in the military is traceable to their disciplined training that has made them sticklers to rules and regulations, coupled with standard operating procedures. He assured the COAS that BPP will support the Army in their efforts to follow due process.
In his remark, Lt. Gen. T.Y. Buratai, congratulated the DG for his successful one year in office and his birthday in the course of the month. He thanked the DG for his efforts to ensure that public procurement reform is given the much needed attention in his drive to providing guidelines, guidance and directions in the public procurement process.
COAS also said that the Army will seek more collaboration and synergy with the Bureau of Public Procurement in their future dealings in due process. Stating that the military is an institution that complies with due process.
Lt. Gen. T.Y. Buratai in his final note stated that while seeking for continuous partnership with BPP, he will ensure that public procurement will not only be at the Army’s Headquarters but will go down to all the formations of the army to expose all officers to the importance of the public procurement process.