Implement Open Contracting and the Open Contracting Data Standard (NG0016)
Action Plan: Nigeria Action Plan 2019-2021
Action Plan Cycle: 2019
Lead Institution: Bureau of Public Procurement
Support Institution(s): BPP, Federal Ministry of Information, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Federal Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Offenses Related Commission (ICPC), NASS Committees on Procurement, OAuGF. Professional Entities, Alliances and Organizations One Campaign, Nigeria Private Sector Alliance (NIPSA), Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Procurement Professionals Association of Nigeria, Pan-Atlantic University, Institute of Software Professionals of Nigeria, Association of Indigenous Construction Contractors of Nigeria, PTCIJ CSOs 1. Public Procurement Monitoring Working Group (PPMWG) 2. Public and Private Development Centre 3. Niger Delta Budget Monitoring Working Group 4. INTEGRITY 5. Reboot 6. National Council on Women 7. WRAPPA 8. CBI Nigeria 9. National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) 10. Media Rights Agenda 11. ILF 12. CSJ 13. Centre for Legal Research and Development (CLERD) 14. Transparency and Accountability and Totality (FollowTaxes)
Policy AreasBeneficial Ownership, Capacity Building, E-Government, Gender, Marginalized Communities, Open Contracting and Procurement, Open Data, Private Sector, Public Participation
The Bureau of Public Procurement in line with the government commitment at the 2016 London Anti-corruption Summit deployed the first Nigerian Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO). The open contracting portal seeks to address issues around opacity, corruption, resource wastage and improve the quality of services delivered to Nigerians through wider stakeholder participation in the procurement spectrum. This will ultimately improve transparency and accountability of fiscal governance, better infrastructure and service delivery and public trust in governance.
The second phase of the NAP will prioritize timely data publication and availability, quality and use of published data by different categories of stakeholders for optimal results. This commitment will ensure inclusion of relevant actors, such as Women and Youth groups, Private sector stakeholders and State-Based Organizations to access, use and report on the impacts of published data.
Despite the deployment of NOCOPO, stakeholders are still faced with the challenge of accessing public finance data of value to them. In 2018, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation issued a circular (Ref. No PROC/BPP/045/I/89 dated 10th July 2018) to over 500 MDAs to publish their contractual information on NOCOPO. However, there are still high levels of non-compliance to the directive and unavailability of data across stages in the procurement cycle.
More so, open contracting discourse in Nigeria is yet to include key actors relevant in its sustainability and achievement of greater impacts. For example, private sector audiences are relevant in ensuring continuous data availability in making better and informed business decisions, while data on health-related projects are of greater interest to Women groups.
Specific OGP Issue:
Effective Implementation of open contracting to improve public service integrity and increasing the transparency of the procurement processes; inclusion of actors relevant in the discourse and use of published information for improved governance and service delivery.
Rationale for the commitment:
Open Contracting can offer the following values through the use of innovative technology to increase access to procurement information:
1. Transparency: The enhanced disclosure of procurement data and information across the entire procurement cycle and up to implementation stage, including beneficial owners of companies will make the procurement process more transparent and reveal how public resources are expended.
2. Accountability: The enhanced disclosure of procurement data and information will ensure that citizens understand the basis of decisions made along the procurement cycle. This will make the decision-makers take actions that reflect better use of public resources, knowing that their actions can be challenged through existing recourse mechanism.
3. Service Delivery: The use of open contracting helps the government to achieve value for money by providing a watchdog system that allows wider stakeholders to critique and monitor implementation of contracts. This ultimately checkmates unethical conduct and sharp corrupt practices in the processes of contract delivery.
4. Inclusion: Technology provides wider stakeholder participation in open contracting, thus limits human interface. This will allow stakeholders from all walks of life to interact, access, assess and give informed feedback on how government programs impact their lives.
5. Citizen engagement: Availability of procurement data across the entire procurement cycle and up to implementation will ensure that all stakeholders can monitor the procurement activities and provide feedback. This will ensure that public contracts are delivered with value for money achieved, thereby leading to increased service delivery.
To improve accountability and transparency of public procurement processes, promote wider stakeholder participation and better service delivery through the implementation of OCDS.
The efficient procurement system is evident in better contracting outcomes and improved position in global rankings on public procurement.
See action plan for milestone activities.
NG0015, 2019, Audits and Controls
Implement Open Contracting and the Open Contracting Data Standard
NG0016, 2019, Beneficial Ownership
Transparent Tax Revenue Reporting
NG0017, 2019, Legislation & Regulation
Open Contracting and Licensing in Extractives
NG0018, 2019, E-Government
Implement EITI Standard
NG0019, 2019, Audits and Controls
Establish Beneficial Ownership Registry
NG0020, 2019, Beneficial Ownership
Strengthen Asset Recovery Legislation
NG0021, 2019, Anti-Corruption Institutions
Implement National Anti-Corruption Strategy
NG0022, 2019, Anti-Corruption Institutions
Improve Compliance with Freedom of Information Act with Focus on Records Management
NG0023, 2019, Capacity Building
Improved Compliance with Mandatory Publication Provisions Requirement (FOIA)
NG0024, 2019, Capacity Building
Implement Permanent Dialogue Mechanism
NG0025, 2019, Gender
Aggregate Citizens' Feedback on Programs
NG0026, 2019, E-Government
Freedom of Association, Assembly, and Expression
NG0027, 2019, Civic Space
Enhance Participation of the Vulnerable
NG0028, 2019, Capacity Building
Implement New Computer Program in 6 Government Ministries to Improve Service Delivery
NG0029, 2019, Capacity Building
Legal Instrument to Strengthen SERVICOM
NG0030, 2019, Legislation & Regulation
Citizen Participation in Budget Cycle
NG0001, 2017, Audits and Controls
NG0002, 2017, Capacity Building
Extractive Sector Transparency
NG0003, 2017, Beneficial Ownership
Tax Reporting Standards
NG0004, 2017, Fiscal Transparency
World Bank Doing Business Index
NG0005, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport
Beneficial Ownership Register
NG0006, 2017, Beneficial Ownership
Anti-Corruption Informationi Sharing
NG0007, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions
Asset Recovery Legislation
NG0008, 2017, Capacity Building
Anti-Corruption Activity Coordination
NG0009, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions
FOIA Compliance for Annual Reporting
NG0010, 2017, Capacity Building
FOIA Compliance for Disclosure
NG0011, 2017, E-Government
Permanent Dialogue Mechanism
NG0012, 2017, Fiscal Transparency
Joint Governmnet-Civil Society Legislation Review
NG0013, 2017, Oversight of Budget/Fiscal Policies
Technology-Based Citizens' Feedback
NG0014, 2017, E-Government