Atty. Kowo said the PPCC under her stewardship will promote good procurement practices by monitoring vendors’ activities.
The PPCC boss was speaking Friday, November 8, 2019 at the launch of the procurement compliance/review exercise that will track all 100 public subsidized entities for 2018/2019 as well as their activities for 2019/2020.
The launch of the program was held at the compound of the PPCC with several integrity institutions and partners of the PPCC in attendance.
“The launch of the procurement compliance or review process today is of great significance to the nation and its people. This process is one of the key mandates of the PPCC,” said Atty. Kowo.
“This process that we are about to embark upon is geared towards promoting good procurement practices for national development,” she stated.
She noted that the procurement compliance or review process is paramount in forging a strong collaborative approach towards development.
“We are assured that spending entities will endorse us, because this is a fundamental duty of the PPCC that cannot be thwarted. We are at the vantage point to discouraging corruption in our country by promoting value for money,” Madam Kowo indicated.
While pleading with national government for adequate budgetary support so as to make the entity more vibrant and independent, she also urged procurement officers, to remain professional and not compromise their independence in the execution of their duties.
“Do not promise your integrity for anything else. You must abide by ethics with a renewed commitment to state to allow development. Let’s practice what we preach. I am sure and believe that you will always maintain those characters,” she added.
Liberia’s Auditor General, Madam Yusador Saadatu Gaye, pledged the General Auditing Commission (GAC) unwavering support to the work of the PPCC to ensure value for money.
Madam Gaye described the procurement compliance exercise as a cardinal initiative by the PPC, stressing that most of the GAC findings in most of the audit reports are tied to non-compliance in procurement.
Like the GAC, the World Bank and African Development Bank through their respective representatives, vowed collaborative partnership with the PPCC.
Mr. Daniel Osei-Boakye, senior procurement specialist at the African Development Bank-Liberia, reckoned that procurement compliance is an important step taken by the PPCC that will enhance growth.
“This is to ensure value for money and so I want to join Madam Executive Director to call on spending entities to cooperate. This is part of the accountability mechanisms that must be put in place. For us, at the African Development Bank, we are committed to support the process and all other activities of the PPCC that are good for this country,” Osei-Boakye asserted.
Mr. Oyewole Oluyemi Afuye, special procurement specialist at World Bank-Liberia, said the Bank will collaborate with PPCC in building the capacity of its (PPCC) staff.
Senator J. Milston Teahjay of Sinoe County urged the PPCC to remain focused in the execution of its task as it carries out this process, stressing that the issue of compliance should not be taken lightly.
“We must be a country of rules and laws and not exempted from the rest of the world. This cannot be a banana republic where everyone does anything that is pleasing onto him/her,” indicated Teahjay.
It could be recalled that Sen. Teahjay, who currently the chairs the Senate’s Committee on Autonomous Agencies, was convicted for breeching procurement protocol by the Circuit Court in River Cess County while serving as the Superintendent of Sinoe County.
Teahjay, who survived seven of the eight charges levied against him, was fined US$50,000 for being in noncompliance with the procurement laws of Liberia.