Parliament has sent the public procurement Bill to the legislative committee for deliberations .This follows an uneasy calm among members as the bill was considered as technical even after pre- legislative hearing by professionals.
The bill provides for the National Public Procurement Authority to further regulate public procurement processes.
After the introduction of the Public Procurement bill by the Minister of State Ministry of Finance Alhaji Foday Mansaray, it was expected that much debate would have been generated during the second reading.
This warranted the Acting Speaker Hon. Chernor Bah to compel members to debate the object, principles and general merits and demerit of the bill. A similar stance was also re-echoed by the majority Leader Hon. Ibrahim Bundu quoting relevant provision of the standing order of parliament.
Hon. Eric Koideoyorma of the SLPP stressed the need for robust regulation and supervision of public procurement. He said the National Public Procurement Authority has done a lot to ensure sanity in procurement, but the rules are not followed citing the recent Ebola report. He asked for more authority to be given to the NPPA to function effectively.
Hon. Frederick Sandy Sourie noted that the procurement would address the gaps in public procurement process, noting that the bill should define the powers of the Chief Executive Officer of the NPPA.
Acting Speaker of parliament Hon. Chernor Bah said although the bill has been sent to the legislative committee, it should not be left in the hands of committee members.