The Lagos State Government has advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state to properly document procurement processes to ensure proper accountability.
The Director-General of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Mr Fatai Onafowote, gave this advice, according to a statement on Thursday, during a meeting organised by the agency for MDA officials in Lagos.
Onafowote added that the law necessitates service providers to pay applicable taxes and fees to the state government regardless of where such suppliers are located.
He said, “The MDAs of the state must ensure that the foundation for procurement is properly laid to facilitate the actual implementation of the approved budget of the state government. They must also follow what is contained in their procurement plans to guide their procurement processes.
“There is also a need for proper documentation of the procurement process by MDAs so that they can give an account of their stewardship with public funds anytime there is a need to do so.
“Sharing bidding documents with suppliers and service providers by procuring entities will ensure compliance with the due process as suppliers and service providers would have been duly put on notice before entering into the contract.”