James Dorbor Jallah, Executive Director of Liberia’s Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) on Friday, September 21, spoke on the role of public procurement and its impact across government.
Mr. Jallah, who spoke to the over 5o undergraduate students at the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), said the Public Financial Management Acts (PFMA) section 24 clearly states that all purchases of goods and services from suppliers, including capital investments, shall comply with the provisions prescribed in the PPCC Act of 2005, as amended (to date), and its enabling regulations.
He said the goal of commission is to ensure the economic and efficient use of public funds in public procurement and to ensure that public procurement and concession processes are conducted in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner.
Jallah also told the students that when one is in government position, it becomes very difficult to steal, because times will not permit “you and more to that you will be thinking about the development of your country and its people.
“My being here this afternoon is to highlight some of what we are doing at the Commission, motivate and discuss some of the policies and actually encourage you to have the desire to do better, because one day when you become the driver in my seat that you can avoid some of those pitfalls and continue the good development of our Liberia,” he said.
Mr. Jallah said that in the management of procurement contracts under the law it gives that responsibility exclusively to the procurement entity.
“For instance, if an agency wants to buy a vehicle for millions of dollars, we will review the procurement proceedings and, if everything is okay, we approve the award of the contract and sign. Once that is done, the contract is no longer in the purview of the PPCC, whether the vehicle is delivered is no longer our business,” Mr. Jallah said.
The laws, according to him, said that contract management is the responsibility of that agency to deliver.
Jallah also acknowledged that the country is making lot of progress, but wondered if the does the law needed to be amended “I say yes, because there are different provisions of the law that need to be amended by the lawmakers.”
Dr. Augustine Konneh, Dean of the AMEU Graduate School, expressed excitement about the presentation made by Mr. Jallah.
He described him as a Liberian with a nationalistic value and he is someone that wants to help in the fight against corruption in the country.
“So, I want to thank you, particularly for extending the Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations (CIPS) level two to the AMEU graduate students, “this will legitimize and solidify, whom they become when they get out there.”
He warned students, particularly those studying the course should take it very seriously, because they will not graduate from the school as longer as he remains there. He assured them to be real nationalistic to think Liberia, build Liberia, and love Liberia.