The Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Nigeria, announces the installation of working versions of two components of the Public Procurement Review Software (goPRS): goPRS Enterprise and goPRS Web, following the release of the beta version in July 2013. The Bureau initiated a Databank Management System Project in 2009 and charged the Information Technology Service (ITS) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for its implementation. goPRS Enterprise and goPRS Web will be used by all MDAs of the Federation, the Special Adviser to the Presidency, on performance monitoring and evaluation and the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs in charge of the oversight of constituency projects.
goPRS is a suite of software designed to systematically gather data and knowledge of corruption patterns and modalities by focusing on understanding the actual experience of corruption, its forms and the areas of vulnerabilities. Different from opinion-based methods, goPRS is an evidence based approach that collects and analyzes data on the experience of corruption to provide more solid and actionable information based on the nature and patterns of corruption. The goal of goPRS is not to simply score or rank, but rather to produce information for analysis, management and decision-making to obtain greater value for money and to deter fraud and corruption.
goPRS enables the Bureau to oversee and monitor procurement solicitations and contract awards carried out by ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to ensure that government expenditures are within approved budget limits, as planned and in accordance with the due process requirements of law. Through the early detection irregularities and suspicious patterns or behaviors, goPRS will assist the Bureau in the prevention and detection of public procurement fraud and corruption. In addition to its ability to identify patterns of and vulnerabilities to corruption, goPRS is being developed as a tool to enhance the BPP's ability to oversee and monitor individual procurements and to review specific contract awards which fall above prior review threshold.
goPRS Enterprise enhances the ability of the BPP to monitor individual procurements and review speciﬁc contract awards which fall above prior review thresholds. It applies workflow logic to standardize processes and tasks, automates task assignment for all processes, tracks progress and ensures that staff with the proper authority to approve specific actions are, in fact, the ones approving them. goPRS Enterprise increases the efﬁciency of the procurement process in terms of both time and money and ensures that each procurement action follows the principles of accountability, fairness, transparency, and equality.
goPRS Web is a processing software through which procuring entities submit requests for approval of procurement actions to the Bureau. goPRS Web ensures that files submitted to the regulatory authority for approval are complete and comply with legal requirements. Standardization increases the efficiency of the procurement process in both time and money and ensures that each procurement complies with the law and principles of accountability, fairness, transparency, and equality.
BPP officially started entering requests into the system on Monday 2nd December 2013. Selected staff were trained on the latest features of the software packages. BPP has also commenced goPRS Web training for eight selected MDA's:
BPP and the Federal Government are pleased to work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Commission on International Law (UNCITRAL) toward the common goal of decreasing corruption in public procurement.
UNODC, as the guardian of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), fully supports implementation of UNCAC and offers capacity building and technical assistance to prevent corruption. Art. 9 of UNCAC requires each Member State to take the necessary steps to establish appropriate systems of procurement, based on transparency, competition and objective criteria in decision-making that are effective in preventing corruption. While UNCAC calls for robust actions to investigate and prosecute corruption practices, it is through sustained prevention that we will develop and strengthen a culture of zero tolerance for corruption. Perception-based indicators have been useful to increase awareness of corruption, but they can provide only limited information on the nature and patterns of corruption.
UNCITRAL has developed and adopted the Model Law on Procurement based on key policies and principles to protect the rights of both government entities and private businesses by ensuring accountability, transparency, competition and fairness. By strengthening public integrity in developing countries, private sector confidence to invest in developing countries will increase.
1- GoPRS Task Force established and trained on the use of goPRS Web and goPRS Enterprise
2- Stakeholders Forum on the Debarment Procedure and Presentation of goPRS Enterprise and goPRS Web in the Ministry of Finance