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The Head of Service, Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, has advised individuals and institutions to generate new ideas to assist governments at all levels tackle economic and financial challenges.
According to a statement on Thursday, Muri-Okunola stated this during the 2022 procurement summit organised by the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, in Alausa, Ikeja.
He said, “Individuals and institutions saddled with the responsibility of managing and regulating the financial resources of government should proffer lasting and sustainable solutions to assist governments at all levels in the country to overcome the current economic and financial challenges.
“They need to participate actively in the proceedings of this summit so that creative ideas that would not only enhance the public procurement system but also add value to the taxpayers’ money being expended on the provision of goods and services for the people of the state could be generated.”
The state Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo, urged state Ministries, Departments and Agencies to work in synergy for an effective public procurement process.
“MDAs of the government involved in the procurement process flow must work in synergy to remove the bottlenecks often responsible for delays of payment to contractors and service providers for contracts executed for the state government so that service providers do not suffer unduly before they could get paid for services rendered,” he said.
The Director-General of LSPPA, Mr Fatai Onafowote, restated the commitment of the agency to ensure probity, transparency, and efficiency in the management of the resources available to the state government.