The Nasarawa State government on Monday began the process of stopping civil servants in the state from accessing contracts from the state government.
The Director General of the state Bureau of Public Procurement, Dr. Dominic Bako, disclosed this after the flag off of training of 200 Small and Medium Scales Entrepreneurs, SMEs, who would substitute the civil servants accessing contracts from the state government.
Bako said, “Most of the contractors in the state are quacks. Therefore, Governor Abdullahi Sule has directed that we have a comprehensive list of contractors in the state and not the civil servants’ kind of contractors.
“We are going to update list of all the contractors in the state and link up with the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, with the SMEs we have trained and registered.”
The state Commissioner for Finance, Haruna Ogbole, lamented that COVID-19 has completely ravaged the world, including Nasarawa State,and therefore SMEs are also experiencing the impact; hence it became necessary for the bureau to organize a sensitization training for the SMEs so that they can be involved in petty contracts in the state.
The Finance Commissioner said, “We are training about 200 SMEs to improve the economy of the state with a multiplier effect, having a range of between N1 million to N25 million to be accessed individually as contract sum from the state government.”