The Procurement Department is responsible for the procurement planning and implementation of all projects and programmes of the Ministry. The Department has Thirty Eight (38), staff and is headed by a Director. The Department has two Divisions.
(i) Capital Procurement; and
(ii) Recurrent Procurement.
Procurement Department has the responsibility for:
(i) Procurement Planning and implementation in the Ministry;
(ii) It serves as the Secretariat to the Ministerial Tenders Board. It processes all Procurement matters;
(iii) Ensuring that all Procurement in the Ministry are carried out in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, 2007;and
(iv) Liaising with Stock Verifiers and User Departments/Units to ensure that goods, works and services delivered are in conformity with specifications and contract terms.
Presently the Department is carrying out the following activities:
(i) Preparation and forwarding to BPP 2014 Procurement records and Procurement Plans for 2015;
(ii) Establishment of Procurement Planning Committee for 2015; (iii) Attending to Petitions on Procurement;
(iv) Correspondence with BPP for Certificate of No Objection and other procurement issues;
(v) Secretariat to Ministerial Tenders Board;
(vi) Secretariat to Procurement Planning Committee Meeting; and
(vii) Attending to Procurement matters in Courts.
Peculiar challenges being faced by the Procurement Department are as follows:
(i) Difficulty in getting data from Departments/Units for the collation of records as required by the Public Procurement Act (PPA), 2007;
(ii) Absence of Procurement Compliance Certificate due to lack of funds for procurement monitoring and certification to ensure compliance with the approvals of Federal Executive Council Ministerial Tenders Board and the Permanent Secretary; and
(iii) Lack of Standard Bidding Documents for Projects.