IFAD-VCDP trains staff in Ebonyi on procurement

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The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP) has stressed the need for staff to be trained on procurement for better productivity.

Sunday Ituma, the State Programme Coordinator (SPC) of IFAD-VCDP made this known during a-one-day training on procurement for management and staff of its Ebonyi office in Abakaliki.

Ituma said that the training was therefore intended to make the management and staff more productive.

“More than 80 per cent of IFAD-VCDP activities in any given year revolve round procurement in form of goods, works and consultancy.

“Our national office wants us to be acquainted with modern procurement processes to ensure that our transactions are transparent and achieved with minimum costs.

“We are expected to apply the acquired knowledge to improve our documentation processes, negotiations and implement our activities with the best international standard,” he said.

He said to underline the importance of the training, its national office sent a procurement expert to conduct the training in view of the forthcoming seventh mission visit to the state.

The SPC said that the training was the first for the Ebonyi office, though there were members of management and staff who had been exposed to procurement training.

“We have a procurement officer and key personnel involved in procurement but this is the first time everybody is being trained including support staff.

“This is beneficial because everybody in the Ebonyi office plays complimentary roles in the procurement process,” he said.

Umolo Ugwah, a procurement expert, who conducted the training, said that it would ensure that the Ebonyi office procurement processes were qualitatively implemented.

“This is mostly needed in the area of its projects as I have assessed their files and reviewed its past procurement processes.

“I have made the necessary criticisms and corrections, while directing its procurement officer to ensure effective documentation of files,” he said.

Ugwah said that the trainees were given orientation on public procurement evaluation and ways of preparing required Terms of Reference (TOF) for transactions.

“Emphasis was placed on the three types of procurement which include: goods (tangible products), works (intangible products) and consultancy services.

“They were also enlightened on the general and specific objectives of assignments, required languages, among others specifics,” he said.

John Nweze, a participant thanked the IFAD-VCDP national office for the training and pledged to judiciously utilise the knowledge impacted on them.

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