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EFCC calls for review of BPP Act

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has called for an overhaul of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) Act.

The EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, who made the call on Thursday disclosed that the BPP Act requires restructuring to strengthen the anti-corruption campaign, citing its lack of significant convictions since its inception.

The commission boss emphasized that the current law has not been effective in aiding the prosecution of corrupt officials.

Olukoyede highlighted the prevalence of corruption cases in contract and procurement processes and stressed the importance of addressing these issues for effective anti-corruption measures.

The comprehensive reform arose during the EFCC Chairman’s meeting with the management team of BPP, headed by Mamman Ahmadu, at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja.

He expressed concern over the issuance process of the Certificate of No Objection by the BPP and urged a review of their procedures.

He, however, stressed the necessity for collaboration between EFCC and BPP in prevention efforts against corruption.

The EFCC boss said, “Over the years, you have been able to define certain scopes that are helping to drive our contract and procurement award processes, but we still notice that there is still much more to be done.

“In fact, the law has not been fully operationalized. We also discovered that the law as it is has not aided prosecution much. It has to be reviewed.

“I am not sure that I can remember any specific case where we secured a conviction using the provisions of the Bureau of Public Procurement Act. I am not sure that the EFCC has secured any conviction using the BPP Act.

“If we really mean business about sanitizing our contract and procurement award processes, we have to do something about the BPP Act and review it in such a way that it can address some of these concerns.”

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