10TH JUNE 2021
Niger State Head of Service, Hajiya Salamatu T. Abubakar, has presented about 25 HP all in one Desktop computers, 25 UPS, 2 pavilion laptops, 7 laser jet MFP printers and 15 computers chairs to the Permanent Secretaries of 4 pilot Ministries Department Agencies of Niger State Government, namely: Ministry of Works, Health, Agriculture and Education with 2 specialized regulatory body, namely: Niger State Public Procurement Board and Niger State Debt Management Bureau.
The presentation which was part of the SFTAS World Bank support to Niger State in terms of electronic Procurement known as e-Procurement, was done to four pilot MDAs, during a brief presentation by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Jibrin, he highlighted that, the e-Procurement have five modules, that is e-registration, e-Procurement planning, e-publication, e-Tendering and e-evaluation/award.
The State Procurement Board Perm Sec, further explained that, the operational testing will introduce the users to operational admin and super admin of the pilot MDAs, the State Public Procurement Board and Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science & Technology.
In his part, the Chairman of the State Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability, SFTAS program, who is also Niger State Commissioner of Finance, Honorable Zakari Abubakar, affirmed that, the SFTAS World Bank support to the pilot Ministries with desktop computers is to compliment the implementation of e-procurement in the State, which will be distributed to the pilot MDAs, the State SFTAS Chairman, stated that, user training will commence on Monday 14th June 2021, which the State is expected to go live on the E-Procurement portal in the month of July 2021, signaling the full implementation of the system in the State.
Also, the Focal Person of Niger State Transparency Accountability and Sustainability program, Siraj Sa’id, who is also the Open Government Partnership Coordinator in the State, reiterated that, the State Pilot MDAs are expected to test run the system with 5 contract before 31st December of 2021 for Niger state to be eligible for the World Bank 2 million dollars grant, he said so far Niger and Kaduna States are leading E-Procurement compliant in Nigeria.
Niger State SFTAS Office
10th June 2021