Databank Management System Deployment Project For The Nigerian Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP)

Nigeria has lost several hundred billions of Naira over the last decade due to flagrant abuse of procedures for award of public contracts, inflation of contracts and lack of transparency, lack of competence-based competition, and lack of merit as the fundamental criteria for awarding of public contracts.

This finding made it imperative for urgent reform of the procurement system if Nigeria is to reduce the large scale corruption and waste that has reduced the efficiency of the Nigerian public sector. These reasons brought about the birth of Bureau of Public Procurement in 2001 under the Act.

The Nigerian Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) plays a significant role in ensuring efficient and integrity-based monitoring of the implementation of all Federal Government capital projects.

The mission of BPP is to establish an open, transparent and competitive federal procurement system that is integration-driven, upholds spending within appropriation and ensures speedy delivery of projects, thus achieving value for money without sacrificing quality and standards.

The mission will be difficult to achieve without a deployment of a Databank Management System to assist BPP to ensure strict compliance with openness, competition and cost accuracy rules and procedures that should guide contract award within the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) is seeking a turnkey IT solution to automate its complex mandate. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime through its Information and Technology Service (ITS) has proposed a technical solution that is scalable to meet the current and foreseen future needs of BPP.

The solution encompasses three deliverable areas: ICT infrastructure and data center, procurement management software, and IT training as highlighted in the figure below.

To facilitate the capacity-building of BPP staff and to enhance the absorption rate of BPP's relevant deliverables, a 3-year phased approach was proposed