The Bauchi State Bureau for Public Procurement in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has trained key Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state on public procurement.
Speaking at the opening of the one-week foundational conversion and certification training, the Director-General of the Bureau, Engineer Joshua Sanga said the training will go along in equipping the participants with the procurement procedures for effective management of public finance especially in the area of award of contracts.
The Director-General said the Bureau will continue to work with stakeholders on procurement to enable the state government to ensure compliance on procurement in line with international best practices.
“Let me first appreciate USAID for collaborating with us to come up with this program. This is a good move and a welcome development to the participating MDAs.
“I want to use this opportunity to also appreciate His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed for his continued support to the Bureau in discharging its constitutional role”
Speaking at the occasion, the State Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Yahuza Adamu Haruna said procurement was a serious business in public service as it helps in blocking leakages and developing local competencies of civil servants to enable them compete with their counterparts across the globe.
Yahuza Haruna pledged the state government’s commitment to ensure fulfilment of any obligation signed with development partners so as to achieve the desired objective.
In a remark, the Bauchi State Team Lead of USAID State2State Activity, Mrs Rabi Ekele said procurement is a key component in public service, hence the need for the agency to seek partnership with the state government on training of workers on public procurement.
“This project funded by USAID will continue to work with the state government aimed at enhancing accountability, transparency and effectiveness in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state.”