…vows to deal with staff engaging in contract splitting

Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has expressed worry at the corruption level in the Corporation’s procurement department. Specifically pointing at the incidence of contract splitting and non-compliance with the Public Procurement Act, the management has asked the Supply Chain Management Division to step up its level of monitoring of the various tender boards within the NNPC for full compliance.

In a warning handed down by the group managing director, GMD of the Corporation, Dr Maikanti Barau, said the close monitoring from the supply chain management division will further deepen the culture of transparency in the corporation and reduce the recurring incidence of fraudulent activities recorded against the procurement personnel.

Addressing participants at a Supply Chain Management workshop for NNPC procurement managers, which held on Wednesday at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, the NNPC helmsman warned management and staff of the corporation against any action that contravenes the provisions of the Public Procurement Act in the award of contracts, saying severe penalties await any defaulter.

Dr Baru expressed worry despite the several warnings the management continues to notice that the act of contract splitting and non-adherence to the Procurement Act is still prevalent in the national oil company. He, therefore, cautioned staff against contract splitting and accumulation, which he described as a deliberate act by procurement managers to subvert due process in the procurement process.

He restated the corporation’s commitment to transparency in every aspect of its operations, stressing that all procurements and contract awards in the corporation under his watch so far had been carried out in conformity with the Public Procurement Act.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the early approval of the NNPC budget, assuring that as the chief revenue earner for the nation, NNPC was committed to the economic policies of the Federal Government. “The whole essence of the next level is to ensure that things are done correctly and speedily for the benefit of the people”, Baru stated.

The workshop was organized to sensitise procurement managers in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to the new procurement policies by the federal government.

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