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The Public Procurement Research Centre (PPRC)
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
The Public Procurement Research Centre, Federal University of Technology, Owerri was commissioned on 8th October, 2012 by the United Nation Development Programme Country Representative in the presence of the dignitaries from National Assembly, Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Federal government including the centre initiator, the Bureau of Public Procurement.
PPRC's purpose in general shall be to build a world-wide recognised professional community of scholars and practitioners devoted to improved efficiency, fairness and transparency in public procurement and also to provide applied research, training, education and scholarly publication.
To Educate, Research, and Empower the Public Procurement Profession in order to achieve value for money in all procurements and disposals
It is envisioned that the PPRC will be the premier academic source for advancing public sector procurement in Africa.
The Mission of the PPRC is:
To provide the public procurement community quality research, advanced educational opportunities, and continued professional development by advancing theoretical and practical knowledge in public procurement.
The core objectives of the centre shall include but not limited to the following:
- Establish best practice in Public Procurement through training and research
Conduct research projects on issues covering the broad spectrum of public procurement professionals, including studies examining critical areas such as:
- evaluation of procurement performance and matrices,
- procurement preferences,
- the compensation study,
- a host of other challenges that policy makers and professionals are concerned with
- Build bridges among various stakeholders
- Developing the Public Procurement Body of Knowledge that is needed to meet the changing needs of public procurement scholars and practitioners.
- Source linkages and Partnership in Public Procurement best practices
- To explore and drive opportunities to introduce procurement curriculum into Nigerian Universities.
1st Training Workshop takes off
The Public Procurement Research Centre, Federal University of Technology, Owerri takes off with a 3-day training workshop on Understanding Effective Public Procurement in Practice which took place 17-19 december, 2012 at Public Procurement Research Centre, conference hall.
The first training Workshop at the Centre was on “Understanding Effective Public Procurement in Practice” took the advantage of thedemand on managing for results, the demand for rigorous and evidence-based procurement process by leaders and citizen coupled with the need for Government, donor agencies, development partners and other stakeholders (citizens, National Assembly, borrowers etc) to know whether a project has spent its money appropriately and desired outcomes have been achieved. To respond to this need, PPRC, FUTO developed a practical procurement skills training programme dedicated to the needs of the MDAs. The programme was underpinned by essential procurement principles and models that equipped staff and their organizations for current and future challenges.
The highlights of topics covered in this programme were as follows:
Introduction to Procurement which provided the understanding of the fundamentals of procurement in a public sector context that sets the scene for the remaining topics.
Understanding the Legal Context of Procurement Law, this topic opened participants mind to understand the organization’s structure, where procurement fits into the overall strategy, its policy framework and legal obligations.
Contract Preparation, This topic equipped participants with the skills required to manage the tendering process for the procurement of goods, works or services to the organization.
Bid Evaluation and Evaluation of Public Procurement effectiveness principles were also discussed coupled with several case studies
The pioneer participants who attended the workshop were from NSITF, Nigerian Navy, Federal Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Police Affairs, Federal Capital Territory Authority (Transport Secretariat), Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, Zamfara State, Psychiatric Hospital Kaduna, Ministryof Budget Planning, Ogun State and Youth Enhancement Organistaion (non governmental organization). The Resource persons were drawn from Bangor University, School of Law, WALES, UK, Bureau of Public Procurement and Procurement Experts from private Organization.
The Vice Chancellor of the University accompanied by the principal officers of the university declared the workshop opened. Participants were issued certificate for attending and successfully completing the programme.
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