Governor Caleb Mutfwang, Governor, Plateau State.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Plateau State Governor, Caleb Mutfwang has restated his administration’s commitment to reform policies and practices in procurement to ensure transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in the award of contracts in the State.

He added he would run a transparent and accountable government for the good of the citizens, and assured the State would operate an open bidding process to allow for a more competitive bidding process, which can result in lower prices for projects.

Mutfwang spoke on Tuesday in Jos while in the audience with the Coalition for Public Accountability in Plateau (COPAP) who were in his office to appeal for the review of the Public Procurement Law (2018) to promote effective open contracting practice.

The Governor, represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Josephine Piyo, stated that transparent and accountable public procurement processes are one of his administration’s topmost priorities and promised to ensure timely publication of comprehensive procurement of data to foster citizen engagement, promote accountability and deter corrupt practices.

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Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Professor Patricia Lar, called for the conduct of a comprehensive review of the Public Procurement Law, 2018 and the incorporation of provisions that promote open contracting, e-procurement, gender equality, social inclusion and others.

Lar said that “strengthening the Plateau State Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) would transform it into a robust and independent institution capable of ensuring compliance with procurement regulations and maintaining high-quality standards,” and “implementing open contracting and reforming procurement processes in Plateau State would enhance credibility and trust, attract foreign investments, access to international grants, improve service delivery and promote global recognition.”