Nigerian government approves NGN1.6 billion for e-government procurement platform to overcome corruption

Headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC) endorsed NGN1.6 billion (approximately USD$4.2 million) for the establishment of its e-Government Procurement Platform to fight corruption in the government’s procurement system. ‘E-government procurement has the potential of improving the procurement process, eliminating corruption, and reducing the leak time in the procurement process itself. There have been a lot of complaints about the long time it takes to go through the due process. With the establishment of this, we will reduce that time. It also removes subjectivity from the process. There have been lots of complaints about subjectivity in the approval process that will be dealt with squarely when it is eventually launched’, noted Director-General Mamman Ahmadu of the Bureau of Public Procurement.