The Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (RoLAC) programme is supporting the Edo State Public Procurement Agency (EDPPA) to improve transparency, accountability, and integrity in procurement procedures.
Corruption-prevention tools were developed for key groups involved in procurement activities, including an audit template and various codes of conduct.
The audit template for procurement officers will track activities from project conception, to procurement processes, and finally to completion. It will employ a uniform approach across ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and local governments.
The codes of conduct will guide all stakeholders in the public procurement process in Edo state on their legal requirements. Specific codes were developed for government public officers and personnel involved with public procurement; public procurement observer groups; and government contractors, suppliers and service providers.
The tools were introduced to over 70 procurement officers across MDAs and the 18 local government areas of Edo state. With the deployment of the tools and the training of procurement officers, the EDPPA is working to deepen procurement reforms and enhance its sustainability.
‘I commend RoLAC for collaborating with the Edo state government in bringing to fruition the development and deployment of the audit template. It has been on the state’s wishlist for awhile.’ Henry Idogun, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, EDPPA