The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ernest Umakihe has received, on behalf of the Management and Staff, an award of excellence, good governance and transparency in the area of procurement from the Centre for Transparency Watch
The Permanent Secretary expressed delight at the gesture, emphasising that it was worthy of note, that a group had recognised what the Ministry had been doing in the procurement process and had deemed it fit to reward the Ministry. In his words, “it shows that we are doing the right thing in the procurement process.”
He also commended the Directors of the Ministry for joining in the transparency drive, noting that the award was not for him alone but for all the management staff, especially members of the Ministerial Tenders’ Board, particularly the procurement Directorate that are involved in the analysis, evaluation and bid opening. In his remarks, the executive director, Centre for Transparency Watch, Emmanuel Ayule said the award was presented to the Management for their outstanding performance in ensuring transparency, good governance and excellence in public service.
He therefore pointed out that he had been engaged with the Ministry for some years and observed that due process was followed according to the procurement law, which was the reason for the award.