The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has commenced the process of implementing a unified e-Government Procurement (e-GP) system.
The e-government procedure will integrate existing systems to provide a centrally and unitary collaborative government procurement platform for all public procurement at the federal level.
It was gathered from a BPP document that the “official implementation of the e-GP system will follow a phased approach to cover the entire public procurement lifecycle in line with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, related regulations and government ICT policies, and other standards.”
Based on the phased implementation approach, the BPP says it “has developed a number of innovative information technology (IT) solutions to improve public procurement practices and enhance its oversight functions. These IT solutions, some of which have been deployed since 2010 and have undergone series of upgrades and are being presented to the public today are the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers (ND-CCSP). It said the system helps in verifying the credibility and competence of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers (CCSPs) doing or intending to do business with Federal Government of Nigeria.
It also helps in categorising and classifying consultants, contractors and service providers based on their capability.
The BPP said it is “in collaboration with Corporate Affairs Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, National Pension Commission, Industrial Training Fund and Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund has upgraded the ND-CCSP database to ensure compliance by Contractors and Consultants through real-time integration and exchange of data among the government agencies.”
The objectives of the ND-CCSP include facilitation of the specialisation and professionalism of contractors, consultants and all service providers; to improve productivity and effectiveness of doing business with the government; and to increase the level of competition and reduce time required for evaluation of bids.
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