The Plateau State House of Assembly has okayed at second reading a Bill for the establishment of a state Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP).
“This Bill, if passed into law, will ensure due process in governance as well as judicious use of state resources. It will ensure good governance, responsibility, accountability and curb excessive spending by government.
“It will, most importantly, curtail corruption in every government set up,’’ the Bill’s sponsor, Ibrahim Baba-Hassan (APC-Jos-North-North), submitted at plenary.
In his contribution at the Bill’s second reading, its co-sponsor,
Mr Daniel Dem, (PDP-Riyom Constituency and Majority Leader) said the BPP Bill was timely and, if passed into law, would assist government in its fight against corruption.
Dem said the proposed law would reduce litigation arising from every angle in the state, thereby, making things easy and simple for both citizens and government.
“I believe this Bill will introduce due process in all ramifications. I urge this House to expedite action in passing this Bill, so as to help in the fight against looting’’, he said.
Also contributing, Mr Ezekiel Afon (Pengana Constituency) said:
“The Bill, when established, must be totally independent, and interference from government must be minimal.’’
Afon added that the proposed BPP Law would ensure prudence and accountability in the procurement process, and urged the state government to appoint people of integrity to man the agency when it is established.