Selective tendering the dominant or exceptional method?

A primary objective of procurement reforms has been to improve competitiveness, transparency, accountability and value for money. Intrinsic to these objectives is fair competition, marked by prior determination of conditions for participation and criteria for selection of a winning bid, simultaneous distribution of information of opportunities, clear rules, consistently enforced through out the process etc. It is through fair and credible competition based on good and prior specification that value for money can be secured. Improved transparency and accountability ensures that equal opportunity is provided, wrong doing is identified,and sanctioned, confidence in the system is built improving predictability and the right incentives are created to do the right thing.However in practice across States in Nigeria, Selective Tendering persists as a dominant rather than exceptional method of procurement, despite its lack of competitiveness and the high margins in prizes that we see in procurement outcomes and often poor quality of delivery.  What do you think if any justifies this situation? What is needed to improve this situation? Will improvements in this situation require changes in standard rules for selective Bidding?


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