Director General of Delta State Public Procurement Commission, Duke Joseph Okeze has pledged to work with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and professional groups willing to partner with the commission to achieve the core mandate for setting it up.
He made the pledge when members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), Delta State Chapter led by its President, Mr Phillips Agholor visited the commission at its headquarters in Asaba during which the institute expressed interest to partner with the procurement agency to achieve its core mandate.
The Director General said that the doors of the commission were open to CSOs and professional groups willing to partner with the commission to achieve its set objective, noting that they were crucial in ensuring that the procurement law in Delta State becomes fully operational.
He outlined some of the achievements of the agency to include training of top staff of the commission in Dakar, Senegal, Sensitization Workshop for top civil servants and public officials in the state as well as interaction with MDAs to begin process of determine those to function as procurement cadres in the respective ministries and agencies of the government.
In addition, Mr Okeze said letters have been sent to the chief executives of ministries, agencies and other proposals to submit their 2018 procurement plans as well as the approved budget to enable the commission do its work as stipulated in the procurement law.
The DG therefore urged the CIPS to sensitize its members in the MDAs and Local Governments to be aware of of their role in the appointment of the cadres, while also soliciting their support in ensuring the full implementation of the procurement law.
In his remarks, the president of the institute, Mr Agholor congratulated the D-G on his appointment by the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa and expressed readiness of members of CIPS, who he said were spread in the MDAs, to work with the commission.