Challenges to the public procurement practices within National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI)

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November, 2016
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The Public Procurement Act of 2003, Act 663 was enacted into Law in 2003 to harmonize public procurement process, secure judicious, economic and efficient use of state resources and ensure that public procurement functions undertaken within the public sector are fair, transparent and non-discriminatory manner. The purpose of this study was to identify various challenges to the Public Procurement practices at the National Vocational Training Institute(NVTI). The specific objectives of the study were to identify the challenges encountered with public procurement practices at the NVTI and to find out how these challenges could be ameliorated. Quantitative research approach was employed. A census method was used to select the respondents who were directly involved in procurement activities at the NVTI to take part in the survey. Structured questionnaires were used to collect the relevant information from participants. Data collected from the survey were analyzed using descriptive statistics such as percentages, frequencies and mean score ranking. The results of the study identified low capacity of procurement professionals, low interaction between procurement entities and Public Procurement Authority (PPA), inadequate training of procurement staff, bureaucratic nature of government business, and conflict of interest as the major challenges militating against the public procurement practices at the NVTI. The study also revealed that most respondents kept reliable and credible records of procurement activities. Procurement Act stipulates that all procurement entities are to keep tangible records of procurement. It was therefore recommended that NVTI should comply with the Procurement Act at its branches level to ensure value for money and judicious use of money. In addition, government should endeavour to review the Procurement Act to limit the procurement processes to reduce delays.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science, 2016