Prof. Abdalla Adamu, Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, (NOUN), has called on service providers, especially contractors to engage in a transparent public procurement for the development of the country.
Adamu made the call during a-2-day workshop on Public Procurement at the NOUN’s headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
The theme of the workshop titled “Overview Of Public procurement ACT 2007 and Process” was aimed at sensitising the University on the essence of due process.
According to him, Public procurement is the acquisition of public goods, works and services by public Entities using public fund usually through a third party through a systematic process.
“Prior to the enactment of Nigeria’s Public procurement Act 2007, Nigeria was guided in the purchase of goods and services by financial regulations.
“The purpose of this workshop is to make the University aware of public procurement processes and the transparency of this Government.
“I inherited this University from excellent predecessors and there is need to maintain the standard by engendering public confidence in government.
“Transparent process is geared towards achieving best value for money expended and sanctioning violators of the set rules,” he said.
Adamu described the refusal by the Council for Legal Education to admit graduates of the university into law school as unfair.
He said that the council did not seem to recognise the importance of NOUN, despite being accredited by National Universities Commission (NUC).
The vice chancellor added that Law degree programmes in the University had been properly accredited by the NUC and therefore, did not have any issues with quality of law students graduated from the school.