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NPA trains procurement unit on processes, ISO certification


THE Chief Executive of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, challenged the NPA’s procurement department to be more proactive in terms of deciding on processes and procedures.

Addressing participants at the NPA’s Procurement Strategy Retreat held recently in conjunction with Renner & Renner Consulting, Bello-Koko said, “The essence of the Procurement Retreat is that the ministry sits down and discusses the ongoing changes in procurement law, understands and studies the many ways they can initiate procurement”.

The theme of the retreat organized by Renner and Renner Consulting Ltd was “Moving Procurement to Excellence: Changing the Narrative”.

Explaining further, Bello-Koko said, “One thing we look at is the right way to do things, how quickly to do it, and the best way within the law. We have hired a consultant who will talk to our procurement staff and teach them. »

Country Manager of Renner and Renner Consulting Ltd, Dr. Ibby Iyama while addressing the media during the program also used the opportunity to implore the NPA on the benefits of Procurement Management System (PMS) for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification.


She explained that they were working with NPA’s purchasing department to enable them to develop their systems for ISO certification, adding that the company is not in charge of certification.

She noted that currently the Ports of Onne, Calabar and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) were the only ISO-certified government agencies in the country.

“One of the reasons we embarked on this retreat is to implement PMS in NPA’s purchasing department.

“The PMS is a system that will streamline, standardize and tighten things up, it will ensure job enrichment, rotation, no one will be let down or overbearing because of rewards.

“Everyone’s performance will be seen through the PMS. With PMS, there’s transparency and accountability and it’s going to be tough on crime – you can’t get promoted for no reason,” she said.

She said the move was also for the department to understand the Federal Procurement Act of 2007 and recently 2022, which had new additions and changes to some fundamental parts of the 2007 act.

Iyama said the Public Procurement Law is the guideline for all government agency procurement departments and it is essential that all staff are aware of it.

“So NPA has taken the lead to take its procurement to excellence and we hope other government agencies will follow as the procurement issues have put a lot of management in the spotlight of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. .