The federal government has warned contractors that they risk jail for failing to register with the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke said at the 2014 annual contractors, consultants and service providers forum in Abuja that the contractors need to get registered under the e-platform to guarantee the continued participation of their companies in federal procurement.
Also speaking at the occasion, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Ayim Pius Ayim, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Economic Matters Engr. Abubarkar Magaji disclosed that “the ICPC and EFCC are currently investigating cases of fake documents, false claims and manipulation of the procurement process by FG contractors and suppliers.
He stressed that Government will not hesitate to invoke all the sanctions under the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007 against any public officer or contractor or consultant who contravenes any provisions of the Law.
The forum with contractors he said “further provides an opportunity to stress our commitment to transparency and accountability. It is this commitment that has led us to give full backing to BPP in forging ahead with the reform of the Public Procurement system, as provided for by the Public Procurement Act, 2007.”
BPP is currently registering contractors, consultants and service providers doing, or intending to do, business with Federal Government agencies with a view to classifying them according to their sizes and competencies.