The National Assembly has been advised to reject any move to amend the Public procurement Act, 2007, especially aspects that seeks to make the president chairman of National Council on Procurement.
The advise was handed out by the Former minister of education and pioneer director general of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), under the administration of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, Dr. (Mrs.) Oby Ezekwesili.
Dr. Ezekwesili, who has in recent times come hard on the present administration, also advised President Goodluck Jonathan to distance himself from the proposed amendment.
She said such act, is against global best practices in procurement, saying, “it was unfortunate that government has become the grand theatre of contracts in Nigeria.”
Ezekwesili, a former World Bank Vice President, who was a guest at a 2-day interactive session organised by the House of Representatives committee on public procurement on the procurement processes with stakeholders, insisted that world over, presidents and ministers have no business awarding contracts.
She alleged that there is a plan to amend the Public Procurement Act, to make way for the president as chairman of the NCP but advised Jonathan not to allow himself to be misled.
“I learnt that there is a move for an amendment of the legislation (Public Procurement Act) in order to give the chairmanship of the Council to the president. Why would anybody do that? He should not allow anybody to do that to him”