The four-year tenure of the director-general of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Engr. Emeka Muoma Ezeh, expired over nine months ago. The appointee is still occupying the office contrary to the provisions of the extant Public Procurement Act, 2007.
The late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua had in January 2009 approved the appointment of Engr. Ezeh as the director-general of BPP for a term of four years in the first instance, in line with Section 7 of the Public Procurement Act of 2007. A circular conveying the decision to Engr. Ezeh, with reference number SGF.50/S.52/208, dated January 29, 2009 and signed by the then secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, said that the appointment of Engr. Ezeh took effect from January 22nd, 2009.
The four-paragraph letter titled 'Appointment As Director-General of The Bureau of Public Procurement' reads in part: "I am pleased to inform you that President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, has approved your appointment as the Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement for a term of four (4) years in the first instance in line with Section 7 of Public Procurement Act 2007.
"The appointment takes effect from 22nd January, 2009 and your emoluments and other conditions of service are as provided under the Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc), (Amendment) Act 2008".
LEADERSHIP findings, however, revealed that the tenure of the BPP DG expired January 22, 2013 and it has either been renewed for another final term of four years, as stipulated by the Public Procurement Act 2007, or the appointee has been asked to vacate office. The Act vests President Goodluck Jonathan with the power to either renew the appointment for one final term of four years if he is satisfied with his performance, or appoint a substantive director-general.
The continued stay in office of Engr. Ezeh as the director-general of BPP despite the expiration of his tenure, LEADERSHIP learnt, is affecting the performance of BPP, which is central to the operations of all government agencies and departments.
When contacted by phone yesterday on why the government had not taken a decision on the tenure of the BPP DG, the special assistant on media to the secretary to the government of the federation, Mr. Sam Nwaobasi declined to answer our enquiries, insisting that he wanted to see the document about which we were making the enquiry.
Nwaobasi maintained his stance even after the reference number and the date of issuance of the letter appointing Engr. Ezeh was dictated to him over the phone.
"I need to see the document before I can make any comment. I don't deal with reference numbers. You have a document with words and sentences. I want to see that document. I don't think I am asking for too much," Nwaobasi had insisted.