NAF Trains Procurement Officers, Charges Them on Due Process

NAF Trains Procurement Officers, Charges Them on Due Process 

By ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna

As part of effort in fulfilling the vision of the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, on Capacity building of men and officers of to Air Force, the Nigerian Air Force has commenced a “5-day Training Workshop on Public Procurement and Management of Supplies for NAF personnel Connected with Supply Chain Functions”, in Kaduna.

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Declaring the workshop open, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Wakili‎, Air Officer Training Commanding, Kaduna NAF Base, said building capacity is what the chief of Air Staff always emphasised. 

Represented by‎ Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, ‎the Ahmed Wakili stressed the need for procurement to be giving attention in this current dispensation in order to entrench the principle of due process in various department of the Airforce. 

‎According to him, “we are all aware of the chief of Air Staff’s vision to reposition the NAF into a professional and discipline force, through capacity building initiative for defending efficient and technique employment of air power in response to national security impetus.

‎”This can only be realised when we emphasis the principal of due process in procurement in all our various department. I hope at the end of this workshop, participants will acquire the requisite knowledge with the right perspectives in public procurement.”

Also speaking, a resource person at the workshop, Abdul Mamman, of Charterhouse Consulting Limited, explained that “procurement plays a significant role in our lives today because government spend  large sum of its money through procurement.

“Procurement consumes about 70% to 80% of the budget, as a result of that, you need to be specific by getting the right set of people with the right knowledge ‎and attitude towards assisting the government achieve the desired result.

“In getting that done, the Airforce has been blazing the train because the chief of Air Staff is so committed to make sure that every kobo spent has value.”

The workshop which focuses on the “Overview of Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act 2007” law has about twenty five (25) participants three (3) commanders drawn from three units within the NAF

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