The Association of Public Procurement Practitioners of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, has called for the integration of e-procurement systems into the public procurement processes.

Speaking at the first capacity-building workshop organised for participants in Lagos, the Director-General of Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Mr Fatai-Idowu Onafowote, in his presentation, explained that AI-powered analytics and blockchain technology could revolutionise the efficiency and transparency of public procurement processes.

He added that public procurement involves the acquisition of goods and services by government entities.

This, according to him, plays a critical role in public administration and economic development.

Onafowote appealed to the government to recognise the need for training programmds and capacity building for procurement professionals, saying they were essential to enhancing their skill sets.

While speaking on ‘Optimising efficiency: The practicality of public procurement processes,’ he emphasised that “Integrating e-procurement systems, AI-powered analytics, and blockchain technology can revolutionise the efficiency and transparency of public procurement processes.”

“Investing in training programs and capacity building for procurement professionals is essential to enhance their skill sets and ensure adherence to best practices. Implementing standardised procedures, embracing digitalisation, and promoting fair competition are key best practices to enhance the efficiency of public procurement.”

He also called on the government to give more recognition and support to the practitioners.

In her welcome address, APPON Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Mrs Charity Olawole, said the workshop was organised by APPON, Lagos State, in collaboration with Lagos State Public Procurement Agency.

She stated, “As we all know, public procurement plays a vital role in delivering essential services and infrastructure that align with the overall objectives of organisations. However, the process can be complex, cumbersome, and often mired in bureaucracy. This workshop aims to explore the practical aspects of public procurement, sharing best practices, and innovative solutions to overcome the challenges we face.”

Olawole called on the participants to work together to make public procurement more efficient, effective, and responsive to the needs of organisations in building a greater Center of Excellence and Nation at large.

The National President of APPON, Dr Emem Kanico, presented awards of excellence to some deserving participants in recognition of their immense contributions in various categories.

Other speakers included Mr Segun Soluade and Mrs Bola Adeniran.