Factors influencing the use of national competitive tendering method for procurement of works: the case of Sekyere South District Assembly

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The Central Government in its quest to mitigate infrastructure development deficits in the country has mandated District Assemblies to carry out construction works. The Public Procurement Act, 2003 ( Act 663), was therefore passed to harmonise public procurement processes in the public service, secure judicious, economic and efficient use of state resources, and furthermore, ensure that public procurement is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner while promoting a competitive Local industry. However in reality this rarely occurs for various reasons. Hence, the study was to examine factors that influence the use of national competitive tendering method for procurement of works focusing on the case of Sekyere South District Assembly with the view to identify strategies to improve upon it. Descriptive research design was employed. While quantitative approach was adopted. Purposive sampling technique was used with a sample size of 20. The questionnaire technique was employed as the research instrument for the study. Among the findings, the researcher identified controls of competition, non compliance with provisions of the law, payment difficulties and delays, political influences and interference with duties of procurement officials. The study recommends among others, an independent Procurement Unit, procurement decision-making by trained professionals, sensitization and training stakeholders, reliable and adequate funding for projects, routine checks on procurement process, decentralize PPA and minimize political influence.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management, 2015
Infrastructure development, Construction works, Public procurement processes, National competitive tendering