Senate passes Public Procurement Bill

Source: The Nation

The Senate on Thursday passed the Public Procurement Act, 2007 Amendment Bill.

The bill, if assented to by the President, will, among other things, give priority to locally made goods in all government procurements.

Presenting the report at plenary, the Chairman of the Procurement committee, Senator Joshua Dariye, said the essence of the bill was to provide for and adopt the local content policy.

According to him, certain sections of the 2007 version of the Act had been amended to favour local manufacturers and ensure speedy completion of projects.

He said, “Similarly, the issue of disposal which is an integral aspect of procurement has been aptly captured by the amendment in the new sub-clause 1(e).

“The committee has equally sustained the amendment to section 34(1,2) sought by the bill for the purpose of patronizing made in Nigeria goods: this will go a long way to encourage our Nigerian manufacturers.

“The amendment proposed by the bill in section 35 is to review upwards the mobilization fee from 15 per cent to 25 per cent that may be paid to a supplier or contractor. This is aimed at enhancing timely completion of procurement processes at various phases.”

The Senate, however, approved the inclusion of Nigerian Institute of Architects and the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors as members of the National Council on Public Procurement.

 

Kenneth K. Humphreys Young Student/Practitioner Paper Award

The Kenneth K. Humphreys Young Student/Practitioner Paper Award was established in 2006 in recognition of Dr. Humphreys’ service as ICEC Secretary-Treasurer from 1976 until 2006. The award is open to students or young practitioners under 36 years of age and involves the submission of papers through ICEC member associations. The award program is held every 2 years in conjunction with the biennial ICEC World Congresses and the awards are presented at these Congresses. The first awards were made at the 2008 ICEC World Congress in Toronto, Canada and more recently at the 2010 ICEC World Congress in Singapore. The paper awards are available  in each of the three professional categories which make up the membership of the International Cost Engineering Council, ie, Cost Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Project Management. Therefore up to 3 awards are available (one for each of these categories).

ICEC member associations should email papers directly to the ICEC secretariat at: secretariat@icoste.org. The following dates/deadlines apply for the 2014 award program. Please note that these dates override the dates shown in the Award Rules.

1 April 2016 – Opening date for submission of entries to each member association
1 August 2016 – Closing date for submission of entries to each member association
1 September 2016 – Closing date for member associations to submit their selected paper/s to the ICEC Secretariat

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Quantity Surveyors begin skills acquisition scheme

Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) President, Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer (centre) with members of the national executive council during a courtesy visit to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahmon Ade Bello. UNILAG officials include Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Prof. Timothy Nubi.

Would-be graduates of quantity surveying received a major head start from their senior colleagues in the all – important division of job search as the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) created a platform for interaction between them and key industry players / employers of labour, last week.

The event which was its first was tagged: The Quantity Surveyor / Project Management (QS /PM) Job Fair and held at the University of Lagos, an institution which only recently established the quantity surveying department had an impressive turnout with about 26 key employers of labour participating.

In her opening address, NIQS president, Mrs. Mercy Iyortyer noted that the fair was organized in line with the objectives of the institution, which among other things, is to promote the quantity surveying profession in all its ramifications and to provide a platform for dealing with matters of mutual interest to the profession.

“In my inaugural speech, I highlighted capacity building and expansion of frontiers of opportunities as core action plans in achieving my vision for the Institute. So far, we have been able to carry out some activities to bring some of our plans to fruition. The aim of this job fair is to give job seekers a fair and equal opportunity to meet and interact with prospective employers with the goal of finding employment.

“ This is to be achieved by bringing employers of quantity surveyors face to face with potential employees and by helping to prepare our members who are seeking for jobs with the right job seeking skills,” she stated.

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NIQS Wants FG To Resuscitate Beneficial Projects

The president of Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Mrs Mercy Torkwase Iyortyer, has appealed to the federal government to resuscitate projects that would play key roles in the diversification of the economy.

She said this was necessary given that Ajaokuta iron and steel company and other projects in the area of agriculture and solid minerals would help boost  government’s internally generated revenue in the face of dwindling oil revenue.

In an interview with LEADERSHIP in Abuja yesterday, she regretted that about 19, 000 federal government projects were abandoned across the states adding that government should plan for projects before implementation.

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