The National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) has again saved the government Le12, 767,921,765, equivalent to US$ 1,286,926.43 in revenue that would have misused in bad contracts and procurement undertaken by government ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
At the launch of the second quarter 2020 bulletin at the National Authority Office (NAO) on Tower Hill in Freetown, on Tuesday 20th October 2020, NPPA’s CEO, Ibrahim Swarray said, that was made possible through strict regulations and education such as through a quarterly bulletin published to update the populace about happenings in the procurement landscape across the country.
In the 2nd quarter bulletin, Swarray said, his institution halted government from getting into bad contracts that are not in the interest of the public interest, which he said, prevented the misuse of public resources to the tune of Twelve Billion, Seven Hundred and Sixty Seven Million, Nine Hundred and Twenty One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Sixty Five Leones.
He said even though these institutions followed procurement processes correctly, towards the end in decision-making, it was discovered that certain monies were about to be misused, hence stopped the institutions from giving contracts. He said, the savings were derived from various MDAs that had wanted to enter into a contract, which NPPA, deemed was not in the public interest and shocking of all is the Ministry of Agriculture, which had wanted to lavish Le 11 billion on the purchase of tractors.
Others named were Audit Service Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone Roads Transport and several others.
Civil Societies such as Transparency International, Budget Advocacy Network and the Chairman of the Board, Dr Bob Kandeh made meaningful contributions.