Our History

Public Procurement Reforms in Nigeria followed a World Bank Country Procurement Assessment survey conducted in 1999 which established the link between poor/weak public procurement procedures and corruption as well as its far reaching negative consequences on national development especially in the area of infrastructural development in Nigeria. The Assessment Report revealed that every 60k was being lost to underhand practices out of every N1.00 spent by Government and that an average of Ten Billion US Dollars ($10b) was being lost annually due to fraudulent practices in the award and execution of public contracts through inflation of contract cost, lack of procurement plans, poor project prioritization, poor budgeting processes, lack of competition and value for money and other kinds of manipulations of the procurement and contract award processes.

In order to address the above shortcomings, the Federal Government initiated the Public Procurement Reform as part of its Economic Reform agenda designed to restore due process in the award and execution of Federal Government contracts. This led to the setting up of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligent Unit (BMPIU known as Due Process) in 2001 to implement the Federal Government’s Public Procurement Reform Policy aimed at minimizing open abuses to known rules, processes and standards in the award and execution of public sector contracts in Nigeria.

Following the growing Public demand that the reforms are sustained and institutionalized with legal backing, a Public Procurement Bill was articulated in 2003/2004 by the Leadership of BMPIU and presented to the National Assembly. The Public Procurement Bill was thereafter passed by the National Assembly on the 30th of May, 2007 and subsequently signed into Law. All State Governors are encouraged to domesticate the reform and pass the Public Procurement Law in their States.

Lots of efforts and attempts were made by many past Governors of Nasarawa State to domesticate Public Procurement Reform championed by the Federal Government of Nigeria but to no avail until Governor Abdullahi A. Sule led administration took over the mantle of leadership in May, 2019. He sent an executive bill titled (Nasarawa State Public Procurement Bill) to the Nasarawa State House of Assembly which was legislated, passed and assented into law as (Nasarawa State Public Procurement Law, 2020) on the 21st day of May, 2020 by His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule, Executive Governor Nasarawa State. The Nasarawa State Public Procurement Law (NSPL) 2020 provides among many others, the establishment of the Nasarawa State Bureau of Public Procurement as the regulatory authority responsible for the monitoring and oversight of public procurement, harmonizing the existing government policies and practices by regulating, setting standards and developing the legal framework and professional capacity for public procurement in Nasarawa State.

Following the passage and assent of the Nasarawa State Public Procurement Law, 2020, His Excellency Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule Executive Governor Nasrawa State, immediately appointed the Director General of Nasarawa State Bureau of Public Procurement in May, 2020 who mobilized and coordinated human and material resources in which the Bureau, NSBPP came into full operations in August, 2020.