OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari  to as a matter of urgency, set up the National Council on Public Procurement  to achieve objectives of the Procurement  Act .

This followed a motion moved by Sen. Theodore Orji (PDP-Abia Central).

Orji had expressed concern that since the passage of the Act in 2007, the National Council on Procurement was yet to be established.

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He said that “without the establishment of the National Council on Procurement, the Procurement Act is as good as a dead letter no matter the rhetoric.

“There is every need to empanel the Council to avoid erosion of public confidence in the procurement process.’’

Orji stressed that there was a need to harmonise existing government policies and practices by regulating and developing legal framework as well as professional capacity for procurement in the country.

In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the council was set up as soon as possible.

He also called on the relevant committees to take a critical look at the Procurement Act, with a view to reviewing it where necessary.

According to him, reviewing the Act, “will make it more efficient.’’

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