MDA Structures for Implementing Procurement in Nigeria

As implementation of procurement reforms progresses, variations are emerging in the Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDA) structures for implementation at the National level and in different states. The Federal Government established a new procurement cadre and new procurement departments in MDAs to implement procurement. Some states have followed the Federal model. However some other states have chosen to retain the procurement function within the Planning Research and Statistics Departments without a new cadre. Other States are contemplating creating a procurement cadre, but retaining the procurement function as a unit in the Planning and Statistics Department, in which case the unit will be populated by persons from the cadre. Considerations have ranged from need to keep within limits of approved number of departments in the service, to fears about bloating the payroll etc What else do you think accounts for these variations?

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3 thoughts on “MDA Structures for Implementing Procurement in Nigeria

  1. I strongly believe in the federal structure of the cadre to be reflected in the States Civil Service. Anything outside this will not meet the set objectives of the policy!!

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  2. Which policy is in question here? The Federal policy or polices set by the states themselves. We must recall that on PFM issues the States have a certain level of independence from the federal structure. The focus i think might be to ensure that which ever structure a state chooses will help it achieve improvements in effectiveness, value for money, transparency, and accountability. The question is why has each of the states chosen the option they have among the three listed options? Will the chosen options help them achieve the above objectives?

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  3. Most State Laws bear provisions stating that the procurement functions of MDAs should only be carried out by skilled professionals.It is in observance of this provision that there is a new cadre- procurement cadre normally pooled under the regulatory body.Any of the three listed options may be adopted by the states depending on their peculiarities and extant practice on ground.Since the purpose of the reforms is not to totally dislocate the whole process but to introduce innovations to strengthen the system and process,it becomes imperative for a thorough understanding of existing processes,structures and procedures,with a view to ensuring that any option adopted will not create ambiguities or dislocate them totally but be easily adaptable and integrated into the extant framework.This calls for wide consultations,enlightenment and buy-in of key critical stakeholders during the reform transition era till the reform measures are fully integrated to achieve its goals.No matter the option taken,it is important that there are competent professionals to manage the process

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