The Public Procurement Law provides for public dissemination of information on government procurement, which will guarantee citizens, particularly small and medium scale enterprises opportunities to participate in public procurement processes among others. Signing the bill into law at the Executive Chamber Lounge of the Governor’s Office in Osogbo, Aregbesola said that procurement is one way in which the government interfaces with the people and re-inflates its domestic economy. ‎ According to him, considering the volume of government procurement, it is important that the resources of government be managed judiciously and the procurement process seen to be transparent and equitable, stressing that government as stewards of public funds, must be accountable and be seen to have got the best deal for the people with public funds. Aregbesola further stated that “Just today (Wednesday), a report in one of the newspapers compared the airport we are building in Osun to similar ones built by other states and concluded that ours is the cheapest, even when we have the longest runway. ‎ “A recent similar comparison on the mega-schools we are constructing was done with that of a neighbouring state and also gave us a favourable rating, not just in cost but in quality. It is stuff like this that separates us from the rest. “It is the need to have these values codified into law and make it bounding principles of governance for whoever is in government that motivated us to make this law.” ‎ ‎He pointed out that the State of Osun Public Procurement Law 2015 in all consists of 81 sections which will ensure probity, accountability, transparency, value for money as well as establish fair pricing standards and benchmarks, disclosing that government had put in place adequate guideline to safeguard the law from being abused by people. ‎ Speaking earlier on the law, the former Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties in Osun, Dr Ajibola Bashiru stated that the‎ Public Procurement Law, 2015 is a well-researched law in line with the demand for transparency, accountability and effectiveness that the procurement process demands.]]>

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