As part of the government’s efforts to establish a transparent and accountable process in its public procurements, the Edo Government has trained over 100 contractors on the state’s computerized procurement system.
Mr. Ezekiel Obazele, the Head of the Edo State Public Procurement Agency’s e-procurement Unit, told journalists in Benin City that the training will prepare contractors to bid for contracts from anywhere in the world.
According to him, “we are conducting a sensitization workshop for contractors who participated in bidding with the ministries of infrastructure, health, education and physical planning.
“The aim of this training is to make them knowledgeable about roles and solutions, so that they can partake in the process without support.”
In his remarks, Mr. Friday Adesuwa Emuze, one of the contractors from the construction sector, said that the training would help his firm enhance its workforce and bring transparency to the state’s procurement process.
Emuze said that the e-procurement training would further help to fast track the period of acquiring a contract and reduce paperwork, thereby tackling cases of manipulation.