According to the BPP, Nigeria has lost several hundred billion Naira over the last decade, due to flagrant abuse of procedures for the award of public contracts, inflation of contracts, lack of transparency, lack of competence-based evaluation, and lack of merit, which are the fundamental criteria for the awarding of public contract. This fact has made urgent reform of the procurement system in Nigeria an imperative of the BPP, which is the national institution charged with the mandate to ensure efficient and integrity-based monitoring of the implementation of all Federal Government capital projects. In September 2010, BPP tasked UNODC through its Information and Technology Service (ITS) to provide technical solution to the current and foreseen future needs of the Bureau by updating, modernizing and elaborating on instruments related to public procurement. Phase I of the project entailed the deployment of a distributed Information Technology and Data Communications Infrastructure, based on the ICT Infrastructure and Data Centre Model (goIDM), comprising of (i) a Data Centre, Local Area Networks (LAN), PCs, Internet data connectivity; and a collaborative tool comprising of email, corporate portal, and administrative applications; (ii) a website; and (iii) end-user IT training.
After successful completion of Phase I, implementation of Phase II of the project would run through 2012-2013 and its major deliverables are (i) the design and deployment of the Public Procurement Review Software (goPRS); (ii) IT Capacity Building for specialized IT courses and end-users; and (iii) Handover and Sustainability. goPRS is the substantive system that will address the monitoring and oversight of public procurement in Nigeria, being designed specifically to automate the complex mandate of BPP. goPRS draws on national legislation (Public Procurement Act 2007) and instruments related to public procurement developed by International Organizations such as Model laws by UNCITRAL, the Plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Procurement Procedures under the World Bank, the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and EU Directives on Public Procurement, etc.. For further details, please visit: http://goprs.unodc.org.