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EFCC Boss Decries High Rate Of Procurement Frauds In Public Service



The Chairman of the Monetary and Financial Crimes Charge (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has described as alarming the pace of procurement frauds in public service in Nigeria.

The anti-graft boss stated this in his goodwill message on the opening ceremony of the 12 months 2021 First Batch Conversion Teaching Programme to Procurement Cadre for Federal Parastatals and Corporations organized by the Bureau of Public Procurement on Monday, at Digital Bridge Institute, Oshodi, Lagos.

The EFCC Chairman who was represented by Mohammed Ahmed Ghali, Head, Lagos Zonal Office added that many procurement professionals in federal institutions weren’t aware of the potholes that need to be averted throughout the discharge of their duties.

He, as a consequence of this reality, lauded the organizers of the teaching, saying, “When public officers are rightly educated or armed with the requisite information to strengthen their performances on their jobs, the chance of getting involved in fraudulent acts or corrupt practices will most likely be minimal; and the society could be the very best beneficiary.

“It is, as a consequence of this reality, in order and provoking that, since 2008, the BPP, as empowered by the Public Procurement, PPA Act 2007, has persistently organized teaching and development programmes for procurement professionals in all Federal Government institutions.

“That the conversion teaching has been sustained for 13 good years-since it started in 2008- is proof of the importance that the organizers connect with the battle in the direction of corruption in Nigeria.

“Bawa, who extra described the BBP as an ally throughout the anti-corruption wrestle, added that the Procurement Fraud A part of the EFCC was established to check procurement fraud in the public sector.

Primarily based on him, “As you might have be taught throughout the data, quite a few procurement officers in public institutions have been convicted and sentenced to quite a few jail phrases after diligent prosecution by the Charge, and plenty of are nonetheless coping with trial in quite a few courts all through the nation.”