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Monitoring program results

  1. The project has successfully established the procurement monitoring portal Observatory as a web portal for the collation , analysis and e-reporting of citizens-led procurement monitoring in Nigeria.
  2. The portal provides 24 hours access for virtual submission and collective analysis of procurement monitoring reports by registered and verified monitors and is equipped with free online support materials and automated analysis mechanism [8].
  3. The project publishes a monthly newsletter providing news and information on public procurement to its stakeholders and other interested parties.
  4. The project has built in Nigeria and is expanding a new community of State and non state actors interested in improving efficiency, transparency, competitiveness, accountability and value for money in the public procurement process.
  5. The program has trained over 200 procurement monitors and continues to support them. The portal as at the time of publication of the 2011 assessment report in 2012 had 135 reports [9]. Currently the portal has over 165 reports. The diagram below, indicates percentage distribution of procurement activities monitored amongst different procuring entities. These monitors' reports, have been analyzed and analyses reports made available to stakeholders, regulators, legislative committees and development partners. Monitors are freely posting reports of wrong doing or gaps in the system in the stakeholder mailing list, combined with summary reports to regulators, anti-corruption agencies and other stakeholders. This provides intervention by regulators and legislative committees. The reports have also been used for advocacy for improved transparency and accountability in the system.

Percentage distribution of procurement activities monitored amongst different procuring entities
Percentage distribution of procurement activities monitored amongst different procuring entities. Source: Walking the Path of Procurement Reforms in Nigeria PPDC 2012. See http://www.procurementmonitor.org/

  1. In the three years of its publication, the assessment reports have become increasingly authoritative and expected by different stakeholders. The program continues to contribute to improvements in the procurement framework in many ways. The reports identify existing challenges in the system, causes of such challenges, areas commonly abused and the manner in which abuses occur in a way that points regulators and investigators to the right direction. Prior to publication the industry regulator also gets a chance to challenge the report conclusions. We believe the reports continuously influence regulatory policy and support the work of the regulator and anti-corruption agencies, providing insights for them of how and where to look. For example 2010 assessment report findings and recommendations on impact of low capacity of Accounting Officers on integrity of procurement decision making, appears to have influenced the Bureau's establishment of annual retreat and workshop sessions for Accounting Officers, to improve their understanding of the process. Hitherto the emphasis was on training the procurement officers. Also comments, findings and follow up advocacy based on that report may have contributed in convincing the Bureau to regularly publish on its website information on its grant of "No Objection Certificates" and all procurement plans it receives from procuring entities.
  2. Also evidence based reports of continued dependence of procuring entities on in-house contractor registration lists led the Bureau to issue clear statements requiring agencies to stop these practices, which it agreed limits competitiveness, most procuring entities s following advertisements, now receive bids from all qualified bidders whether or not they are registered with the MDAs, and evidence of registration with the MDA, is no longer a qualifying ground for contractors to participate in a bid as was previously the case.
  3. Also since the regulatory and anti corruption agencies are on the list-serve they receive directly posted complaints regarding procurement practices in procuring entities, in addition to analyses reports and findings and are known in some cases to have acted on them.

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Note 9: Walking the Path of Procurement Reforms in Nigeria PPDC 2012. See http://www.procurementmonitor.org/



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