UNILAG, UNIBEN, others to steer project on sustainable procurement in Nigeria


The Federal Authorities of Nigeria has selected six federal universities for the implementation of the Sustainable Procurement, Environmental and Social Requirements Enhancement (SPESSE) Project for the manufacturing of experts in procurement, environmental and social standards within the country.

They’re University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Benin (UNIBEN), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, (ATBU), Bauchi; Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria; Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) and Federal University of Expertise, Owerri (FUTO).

The project, which is the first of its variety in Nigeria, is scheduled to be launched on the headquarters of the National Universities Commission (NUC) on October 28 in Abuja by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

In regards to the project

In step with a assertion signed by an noble of NUC and the project coordinator, Joshua Atah, SPESSE is a project with enhance from the World Monetary institution that will be jointly utilized by NUC, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), federal ministries of finance, funds and national planning; ambiance and women folks affairs and social pattern.

“SPESSE is a multi-sectoral project, with enhance from the World Monetary institution, which seeks to address practicing, professionalisation and compare in procurement, environmental and social standards, by certification, undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate reviews; to enhance governance, extend transparency, competition, equal opportunity, sustainability moreover to environmental and social long-established administration within the private and non-private sectors,” the assertion acknowledged.

It added that SPESSE targets to set strategic partnerships with leading international compare funding, compare performing and international ability building organisations and high performing institutions.

“By developing curricula aligned with international standards, developing the Centres of Excellence and supplying certified experts, SPESSE will strengthen, vastly, Nigeria’s ability for procurement, environmental and social standards. Structured practicing, according to effectively-defined curricula and evolved programs of monitoring graduates’ performance will strengthen transparency, integrity and administration of the country’s procurement system and translate to extra ambiance noble use of public sources, discount of procurement delays and improved contract administration,” the assertion added.

Talking on the project and implementation, the manager secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed, said that the colleges which is able to support as centres for the project had been selected by a truly aim, competitive and rigorous job, adding that the project used to be designed with the fat participation of the private sector, including the Nigerian Financial Summit Neighborhood, which he acknowledged represented the alternate within the invent of the curricula by NUC.

Mr Rasheed recommended the administration of the chosen universities for the foremost roles they played in developing the winning proposals and entreated them to proceed to enhance the centres for the perfect thing about their institutions, the Nigerian college system (NUS) and the country in traditional.

The Project Task Group Leader on the World Monetary institution, Bayo Awosemusi, also reportedly noted that the country might well be the hub for Africa and that it would have interaction the six selected universities to impress that happen.

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