From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
Kaduna State Government signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) to integrate the State contracting platform with the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS).
Budeshi Program Director, Gift Omoidedia fielding questions from newsmen shortly after signing the Memoranda in Kaduna said, PPDC will be working with the State Public Procurement Authority by offering technical expertise and support in achieving the great feat.
According to her, the State has shown remarkable milestones in financial transparency and will be taking another giant step towards that by implementing the OCDS.
“The OCDS will ensure that all projects being carried out in the state is linked from the tendering stage to the project implementation stage using a unique identifier.
“This makes it easy for citizens to track the status of various projects being implemented in their communities,” she said.
The Program Director further added that they are willing to partner with the state because of their willingness to open up their procurement data practices.
“ With the OCDS, projects can deliver better value for money and it will create a competitive level playing field for contractors.
“The Center would also be able to red flag contractors who do not implement projects and promote smarter analysis and better solutions,” Gift said.
Kaduna State will be the first state government to adopt and implement the OCDS at the state level.
Director General, Kaduna State Public Procurement Authority, Thomas Gyang received the delegation and signed on behalf of the government.