Speakers at the 4th Procurement Summit have advised the Federal Government to give
tax relief to manufacturers of goods in order to ease the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Quantity Surveyor, Anas Sani Ali, who represented the Director of Procurement of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) made this disclosure at the summit organised by the Nigerian Institution of Procurement Engineers in Lagos on the topic; “Public Procurement Transition In The Post COVID-19 In Nigeria: Risk Of Corruption.”

Representative, Director of Procurement, NIMASA, Quantity Surveyor, Anas Sani Ali

Anas said that COVID-19 has brought about unprecedented challenges in the
procurement processes, especially public procurement.

“Today we discuss how procurement process could navigate alongside the pandemic and value for money through which it could be achieved.

“There is no better time than now to proffer efficient and effective orocurement procedures to tackle the challenges posed by COVID-19
pandemic, which has brought the world to her knees due to health complicated emergencies.

“The scale of the challenges procurement entities are facing are still considerable, when it comes to changing their culture, behaviour and practices in order to undertake procurement in a more efficient and effective way,” he said.

from left: Senior Lecturer, Civil & Environmental Department, University of Lagos, Engr. Olusegun Afolabi; Retd Director, Physical Planning & Works/Rep of National chairman, Engr Sir Chris Chukwurah; Representative, Head of Procurement, NIMASA, Quantity Surveyor, Anas Sani-Ali; and Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Procurement Engineers, Lagos Chapter, Hon. Samuel Echedom, during the 4th Public Procurement Summit titled: “Public Procurement Transition In The Post Covid-19 in Lagos. On Saturday

Representative of the NIMASA boss said that the issue of hike in prices of goods and commodities is not peculiar to Nigeria, and that it’s an
international issue, which he said everybody in the world is facing.

“I believe that what the Federal Government could do, which may necessarily require them to put more emphasis on economic policy which
could soften the impact of Covid-19 on members of the public, is tax relief, and trader monies.

Senior lecturer, Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Lagos, Engr. Olusegun Afolabi

“They are good innovations that when done properly could put those that produce to bring down the prices of goods and services.

“COVID-19 did not only come with economic effect, probably the physical effect is what we are looking at.

“When you look at it, COVID-19 is the genesis of our current economic problems. I think that when the government addresses all these, hike in prices of goods and services could be mitigated,” he said.

from left: Director, Project Development & Design, FIRO, Dr. Wahab Asiru; Retd Director, Physical Planning & Works/Rep of National chairman, Engr Sir Chris Chukwurah; Director of Procurement, FIIRO, Engr. Segun Omotade; and Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Procurement Engineers, Lagos Chapter, Hon. Samuel Echedom, during the 4th Public Procurement Summit titled: “Public Procurement Transition In The Post Covid-19” in Lagos. On Saturday

Also, speaking, a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil & Environmental
Engineering of the University of Lagos, Engr. Olusegun Afolabi, who spoke on the “Impact of Procurement & Infrastructure Development,” said that the effect of the pandemic is enormous, adding that it had made people to stay at home for about two years.

“As we are proposing, in the next couple of months, care must be taken in doing that, especially when it comes to engineering procurement.

“This is because it takes a lot of activities to do this except there’s already an engineering procedure that has been initiated during the COVID-19 period and getting to the post COVID-19 period, the question is, is it ready for
commencement?

“When it comes to getting to that stage, no engineering stage should be undermined, because you have identified that probably you must have proposed to do this or that, but you might say you do not want to pass through the process thereby you may
want to bypass most of the activities that are necessary.

Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Procurement Engineers, Lagos Chapter, Hon. (Engr.) Samuel Echedom

“Engineering is about design, you must be specific and it must be accurate to the engineering standard, whether there’s COVID-19 or not,
you must not undermine such activity,” he said.

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