NOA BOARD VOWS COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC PROCURMENT ACT
The Board of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) met on Monday to receive a presentation by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) on the Public Procurement Act, 2007. The presentation, which was part of the first meeting of the Board since its inauguration, saw the Board receive a charge from BPP to ensure a high level of transparency in the procurement processes of the Agency in tandem with the Do the Right Thing campaign of the Agency.
Introducing the presentation, Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri said the invitation to the BPP to make the presentation was informed by the desire of the Agency to blaze the trail in entrenching commitment to integrity and transparency in the procurement process among federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies. He said the Board was seeking a clear understanding of the expectations of the Public Procurement Act and was committed to fulfilling those expectations.
The Director General of BPP, Engineer Emeka Eze, making the presentation commended the NOA for the initiative of inviting the BPP for the presentation, describing it as a good start in the right direction for the new Board. He said the Public Procurement Act demanded that public accounting and procurement officers adhere to the highest standards of honesty and fairness in operating the procurement process and was optimistic that the Agency, as champions of national core values, would be sterling examples of those tenets.
Receiving a copy of the Public Procurement Act 2007 from the BPP boss, the NOA Board Chairman, Sir Paul Obi pledged the Board’s strict adherence to the provisions of the law and warned that any official of the Agency found wanting at any time regarding the Act would be made to face the full weight of the law.