The National Assembly will investigate activities of the procurement system in Nigeria since 2019 to correct the mistakes of the past and regain the confidence of the public in the procurement system, the Chairman, the Senate Committee on Public Procurement, Senator Monday Okpebholo, said on Wednesday.

He said Nigeria would get better procurement exercise that would define the renewed hope for the country.

The legislator expressed this optimism few days after the inauguration of a new cabinet by President Bola Tinubu.

According to him, contrary to what obtained in the past when many things about contracts were not done well, due processes would now be followed, while only qualified persons would get the contract they applied for in the new dispensation.

Okpebholo, representing Edo Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, stated these in an interview with journalists in Abuja during a reception organised in honour of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Momoh.

He said the senate committee was set up to ensure that Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government were aligned to a new paradigm shift, where ordinary Nigerians could bid and win contracts unlike what was obtainable in the past.

He said the idea of MDAs calling for bids and lining people conducting a rigorous exercise, only to be disappointed with a bias selection, was wicked and unacceptable.

Okpebholo said, “We want a system where you don’t need to know anybody before you can bid or win contract jobs in this country. That’s the mandate we have and we are set to carry it out to the letter.

“I can assure you that my committee will investigate activities in the procurement system since 2019 and ensure we right the wrongs to regain the confidence of the public in the procurement system. Many wrongs will be corrected.

“We want to make sure that only qualified persons get the contract jobs they tendered for. Due process must be followed. We want the country to experience a new era of procurement system that is acceptable to international best practices. The 10th National Assembly is determined to make sure we make the desired impact.

“I can assure you that this Senate is sincere about the new deal we are bringing forward in accordance with the renewed hope of Mr President and the uncommon Senate President.”

Speaking on the tasks ahead, he assured that as a student of Business Administration and an expert in Information Communication Technology, with understanding of the business environment in Nigeria, he was confident to do the job by deploying modern technological skills, diligence and integrity.

He said the committee members were highly experienced persons in governance and in business, which they would all bring to bear in the course of the work without fear or favour.

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