A bill seeking to amend
the Public Procurement Act 2007 has passed third reading on the floor of the

In a report presented by
Sen. Joshua Dariye, the Senate advocates the use of local content in public
procurement process as well as a 25 percent mobilisation fund for contractors,
up from the current 15 percent given to them.

Senator Dariye said that
the Bill, when assented to, will amend certain relevant sections of the 2007
Procurement Act to favour local manufacturers and ensure speedy completion of
The Bill specifically
seeks to amend section 15(1) of the Act by inserting additional clauses that
would close the gap created by the Act.

“Similarly, the issue of
disposal which is an integral aspect of procurement has been aptly captured by
the amendment in the new sub-clause 1(e). The committee has equally sustained
the amendments of section 34(1,2) sought by the bill for the purpose of
patronizing made in Nigeria goods: this will go a long way to encourage our
Nigerian manufacturers.

“The amendment proposed by
the bill in section 35 is to review upwards the mobilization fee from 15 per
cent to 25 per cent that may be paid to a supplier or contractor. This is aimed
at enhancing timely completion of Procurement Processes at various phases”, he
The Senate also approved
the inclusion of Nigerian institute of Architects and the Nigerian Institute of
Quantity Survey as members of the National Council on Public Procurement.

Source: NASS