L-R National President APPON, Representative of Director Procurement FCT, & FCT APPON Chairman

By: Prudence Okonna

The Association of Public Procurement Practitioners of Nigeria (APPON) has appealed to the government to enforce the Circular prohibiting non-professionals from carrying out procurement processes without certification.

The National President, APPON, Emem James Kanico made the appeal in Abuja during the inauguration ceremony of the FCT chapter of the Association.

The National President at the occasion called on the National Assembly to capture practitioners in the current review of the Public Procurement ACT 2007.

His words: ‘’We have seen a Circular prohibiting non-professionals from carrying out procurement processes. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the government to enforce the Circular, so we can move forward.’’

Kentico also called on members to take advantage of the upcoming training being organized by the Bureau of Public Procurement set to commence in November.

‘’Procurement Practitioners are keys to National Development of Nigeria because 80 to 85 percent of government expenditures are processed by these professionals and it will be very wrong to underrate these professionals, processing larger chunk of the national budget,’’ Kanico emphasized.

The Director Procurement, FCT, and Chairman of the occasion, Idris Musa Onsachi, while congratulating new executive members of the FCT APPON, advised them to be steadfast and imbibe professional ethics such as transparency, integrity, and value for money in procurement processes.

The first Executive Chairman of the APPON FCT chapter, Makar Dominic Orduen in an interview with Abuja Digest revealed that the inauguration of the FCT Chapter is a dream come true for all its members in order to project the course of public procurement in the FCT and Nigeria at large.

He added that the mantle of leadership bestowed on him is not just a decoration but a call for more work to preach the gospel of transparency, accountability, value for money, and due process.