The Edo State government, in collaboration with the Edo State Public Procurement Agency (EDPPA), organizes a technical support workshop to assist Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in enhancing their capacity to respond to procurement opportunities in line with Federal Government circulars on procurement plans and records.
The workshop held from Monday 23rd through 26th, October, 2023 was aimed at promoting accountability, transparency, and integrity in the procurement process, which would help to prevent corruption among players.
The Managing Director/CEO of the Edo State Public Procurement Agency, Henry Imogiemhe Idogun, reiterated the importance of implementing an e-procurement process in Edo State.
He explained that the introduction of an e-procurement platform would eliminate issues of favoritism and inefficiency while enhancing professionalism.
He further emphasized the need for participants at the workshop to embrace accountability, transparency, and integrity in the procurement process to help promote the growth of MSMEs in Edo State.
According to him; “The procurement law was first implemented in Edo State in 2012, with a reversed law in 2020, while a State like Kano implemented theirs in 2022.
“This shows that Edo State is making significant progress towards achieving its economic objectives. A total of 200 MSMEs were selected to participate in the training, which was supported by the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption (ROLAC). By the end of the workshop, participants were expected to be well acquainted with the e-procurement platform for contract bidding.”
The workshop featured a demonstration of how the e-procurement platform is used for registration by contractors.
The Edo State government believes that this platform will bring significant benefits to MSMEs, as it will enable them to bid for government contracts from the comfort of their homes.
Participants can log on to the platform and upload necessary credentials, which will ensure that only those who have regulatory requirements are selected for the contract.
This will help to promote transparency and fair competition in the procurement process.
Overall, the workshop was a success and was well-received by participants. One of the participants simply identified as Ogbebor told this blog: “I really thanked the organizers of the workshop. I am into solar business. I help people to buy and sell solar panels also. With this workshop, it means I can bid for any government contract right in the comfort of my room.
“All I have to do is just to log on the the platform and upload necessary credentials. Beside, it will ensure that only those who have regulatory requirement are selected for contract”
It is hoped that the workshop’s outcomes will help MSMEs in Edo State to take advantage of procurement opportunities and contribute to the growth of the State’s economy.