NPA Targets ISO Certification with Purchasing Management System Implementation

The Country Manager of Renner and Renner Consulting Limited, Dr. Ibby Iyama, has commissioned the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to certify the Procurement Management System (PMS) for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Iyama made this known during the NPA Strategic Procurement Retreat yesterday in Lagos.

The theme of the retreat organized by Renner and Renner Consulting Ltd was “Moving Procurement to Excellence: Changing the Narratives”.

She said they were working with NPA’s purchasing department to enable them to obtain ISO certification for their systems.

Iyama said the company was not in charge of certification but of the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS).

She noted that currently the Ports of Onne, Calabar and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration were the only ISO-certified government agencies in the country.

“One of the reasons we embarked on this retreat is to implement PMS in NPA’s purchasing department.

“The PMS is a system that will streamline, standardize and tighten things up. It will ensure job enrichment, rotation, no one will be fired or bossy because of rewards.

“Everyone’s performance will be seen through PMS, with PMS there is transparency, accountability and it’s going to be tough on crime, you can’t be promoted for no reason,” he said. she declared.

Iyama said they decided to change most federal government agency procurement departments starting with the NPA to change narratives and ensure excellence.

She said the move was also for the department to understand the Federal Procurement Act of 2007 and recently 2022, which had new additions, changes to some fundamental parts of the 2007 act.

Iyama said the Public Procurement Law is the bible of all government agency procurement departments.

She said it was essential that all staff were up to date with the Public Procurement Act.

“So the NPA has taken the initiative to take its procurement to excellence and we hope other government agencies will follow suit as the procurement issues have put a lot of management in the net of the Economic Crimes Commission and financial.

“Renner and Renner Consulting Ltd takes the lead in training and developing NPA’s procurement department towards excellence in line with global best practice,” she said.

Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director of NPA, said that in the future, management expects the procurement department to be more proactive in terms of decisions on processes and procedures.

“The essence of the procurement retreat is for the ministry to sit down and discuss the ongoing changes to the Procurement Act, understand and consider the many ways it can initiate procurement.

“One thing they look at is the right way to do things, how quickly to do it, and the best way within the law, so we brought in a consultant who will talk to them and teach them,” did he declare.

On rewards for performance, Bello-Koko said the system in the civil service was vague, adding that the organization would continue to abide by civil service rules.

“Reward does not necessarily mean money, there are many ways to reward an employee. This retreat and training is part of that, we reward them for their good works,” Bello-Koko said.

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