NPPA trains EWRC staff on National Public Procurement Procedures
Jul 20, 2020
Sierra Leone Electricity & Water Regulatory Commission
Sierra Leone’s regulatory body for procurement, the National Public Procurement Authority on Thursday 16th July trained a cross section of the staff at the Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission on key national public procurement procedures.
According to the Deputy Director for Capacity Building Mr. Siaka Koroma, there is a need for a constant review of procurement processes and procedures in consideration of its dynamic and ongoing nature. He stated that the objective of the training was to give staff a good idea of the process flow of procurement and the principles that guide the undertaking of procurement activities. He further went on to state that 45-50% of government’s expense goes into procurement therefore there is a need to do things the right way, get results and value for money.
The training concentrated on the use of the standard procurement forms (SPF forms) which included requisition, procurement committee decision, evaluation, final evaluation, RFQs and reporting forms and how each of these can be used in the beginning to end of any procurement cycle.

One of the participants at the training, Ms Isatu Bah stated that she found the training to be very useful as she gained skills such as the standard ways of procurement process according to NPPA requirements, the need to consider not only the purchasing cost but the time, duration, recurring cost in the procurement process. Other skills learned include knowing the five R’s of Procurements (Right Place; Right quality; Right Quantity; Right Time; Right Price) etc.

In his remarks, the Director General of the Commission Dr. Emmanuel Mannah stated that the Commission’s request for the training was borne out of the President Maada Bio’s call for delivery in all areas and as such, the need for an in-depth training for the procurement staff of the newly set up unit of the Commission in order that no one would be found wanting in the future.