From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Budget Monitoring and Public Procurement Agency has said that the administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has awarded projects in critical sectors of the economy worth over 45 billion naira within the first year of the administration.
Chairman of the Agency, Engineer Joshua Sanga stated this when he addressed newsmen in Bauchi, saying that the over seventy projects awarded followed due process and were issued with a certificate of no objection.
Engineer Sanga said the Agency is fully involved in the award of the projects and it will monitor them to ensure their execution in line with the procurement act.
He said, the state has made a lot of progress and compliance in the execution of projects across the state and in all the identified sectors.
“Ideally each and every project in the excess of one million naira in the state ought to come to this office before even been awarded, we have to check the price, we have to check the award process, the procurement process, the right contractor was given the job or not and to ensure that the job is done.
“ Since the advent of this administration, we have a record of over seventy contracts awarded valued at about forty-five billion naira and this is unprecedented as there is no Government that came between ten to eleven months that awarded a contract of such amount in a short time.
“ His Excellency, the governor needs to be highly commended on that and Bauchi people need to appreciate the gesture, if you look round Bauchi, you will see new projects of over five hundred classrooms build or renovated, you look at the roads ongoing, there are a lot of projects awarded in this administration and the governor is a very workaholic person, he ensures that he keeps us on our toes to ensure that jobs awarded are being done as the law permits on us and agreed by the contractors, so the governor is doing a lot of projects and we are deeply involved in the award and the execution of such projects.”
The Chairman said the mandate of the agency is specifically in the areas of procurement of government projects, ensure that money budgeted for the execution of projects is judiciously used and to ensure the value for money is being driven from each and every project awarded by the government.