BPP employs man born in 1996 in 1992, promotes him Deputy Director in 2019

BPP employs man born in 1996 in 1992, promotes him Deputy Director in 2019

The House of Representatives during the ongoing budget defence held on Thursday expressed grave concerns over the inefficiencies in the operations of

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The House of Representatives during the ongoing budget defence held on Thursday expressed grave concerns over the inefficiencies in the operations of the Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP and resolved to investigate a Deputy Director Accounts on Grade Level 16, who was born on January 8, 1996, but employed December 15, 1992 and promoted Deputy Director on January 1, 2019.

The lawmakers, who expressed the concern during the 2020 Budget performance and 2021 Budget defence of the BPP, also demanded for the utilisation of various subheads on N22.666 million spent on welfare packages, N17.912 million on local training, N57.7 million spent on local travel and international travels during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in the 2020 Budget among others.

The lawmakers, who frowned at the submission of the 2015/2016 audited report of the Bureau in 2020, also chided the BPP management, which superintended on the audit report of 850 agencies (out of which 32 agencies have so far been concluded) for failing to comply with extant financial regulations on the submission of audit report annually.

Speaking earlier, Hon. Kingsley Oju, Deputy Chairman of the Committee, who expressed displeasure over the agency’s inefficiency, said: “I don’t think there is any other job provided in the schedule of your assignment.
“It baffles this committee that since the appointment of the DG, it is taking about four years to submit report from 32 agencies out of over 850 agencies for us to know whether they are complying with the law.

“We are shocked as a committee on public procurement that we don’t even have materials to work. We are doing budget defence, but this committee is vested with the responsibility to ascertain the usage of previous funds. I agree with you that audit is going on, but if your performance is less than five per cent, I don’t think we are ready to do the job. I therefore move a motion that the committee should mandate the Bureau to submit all procurement audit report of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 before the end of this year.”

In his intervention, Hon. Ossai said: “It means you have been in office for four years now and yet your office has not done its job.
“I see this as an infraction to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If that is so, the House should be able to summon the political courage and will and be able to do the needful and an affront on the Constitution and the Appropriation Act.

“Every year, we appropriate money for this purpose and we budget money for a particular purpose and it is misapplied, that is another infraction. I think we should go beyond the issues of questions and answers on the 2020/2021 appropriation and make far reaching recommendations.”

To this end, the Committee resolved to set up a Technical Committee that will investigate various queries raised by the lawmakers, with the view to ensure value for money and efficiency.