Tender concern

Non-performing contractors continue to win govt tenders

Contractors who have previously delivered sub-standard work continue to win government tenders worth millions.

This is according to the former Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) Executive Chairperson, Bridget Poppy John who wrote in the institution’s latest annual report for the 2017/2018 financial year.

John states that after winning government tenders, the contractors continue with their ‘unacceptable performance and misconduct’.

The problem is reportedly compounded by non-submissions of End of Activity Reports by procuring entities, which effectively limits the monitoring of contractors performance as well as tracking delivery of awarded contracts.

In addition, the non-submission of such reports is thought to hamper the effectiveness of the Suspension and Delisting Committee to discipline defaulting contractors.

John, who has since been moved to the Ministry of Basic Education as the Permanent Secretary, suggested that the performance of District Administration Tender Committees (DATCs) in relation to compliance to the PPADB Act needs to improve, mainly where there are no secretaries resulting in poor record keeping.



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