Officials from the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA) are at JKUAT to conduct a procurement review aimed at assisting the University to identify its unique procurement challenges that hinder efficient provision of improved service delivery.
The team of four led by Mr. Peter Ndungu, PPOA’s Compliance Manager was received, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, who used the forum to emphasize that JKUAT was a major stakeholder in the promotion of Procurement and Supplies training and research in the country.
The Vice Chancellor said, JKUAT was the first University in the region to recognize the importance of initiating professional training in Procurement and Supplies Management and its related studies way back in the early 1980’s.
Prof. Imbuga reaffirmed that JKUAT had one of the highest concentration of Procurement and Supplies Management researchers in sub – Saharan Africa and called on the Authority to tap the potential for the advancement of the profession in the country.
Mr. Ndungu said his Authority had carried similar audits in recent times in other public establishments as part of its strategy to add value in the proper use of resources. The official stated that over 40 percent of public budget in Kenya outside recurrent expenditure was dedicated to procurement services and declared the appraisal’s main objective was to identify procurement inadequacies and suggest immediate remedial action and future correction.
Established in 2005, PPOA initiates public procurement policy, and also serves as a watchdog that monitors and ensures public procurement procedures are maintained in the country.