NPPA Targets US$100M

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA), Ibrahim Brima Swarray has recently disclosed in a news conference in Freetown that the Authority is set to save up to US$100,000,000.00 (One Hundred Million United States Dollars) this year through monitoring, compliance and supervision of goods procurement practices in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

It could be recalled that last year, NPPA saved up to US$70, 000,000.00 (Seventy Million United States Dollars ($70m) which has been reportedly described as a novelty in procurement practice in Sierra Leone.

Mr. Ibrahim Swarray stressed that in order to ensure that procurement becomes an enviable area of government revenue, they should increase awareness on procurement issues, commence the electronics procurement process and also conduct training for practitioners and other stakeholders in the sector.

According to the NPPA CEO, most of the huge monies that government expended to MDA’s were being misappropriated through the procurement stage, adding that they are ready to make sure government monies are spent in the right way.

He furthered that they would also establish a new curriculum for all students offering procurement courses. The Head of Corporate and Legal Affairs at NPPA, Lawyer Gbaya said they have already commenced an aggressive media campaign to make sure everyone becomes aware of procurement issues out are able to report such cases to the authority.