By Pa Alhaji
More than 1500 Procurement and Supply students of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) are all set to listen to the Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of the National Public Procurement Authority (NPPA) in Sierra Leone, Ibrahim Briama Swarray who will be delivering a lecture at the Miatta Conference Centre on 20th February 2020.
The young, dynamic and result-oriented CPO, who recently saved the government from losing not less than seventy million dollars ($70M) in just one year, is expected to create an indelible impact as he has proven in the past to be very knowledgeable in procurement issues.
The NPPA, an institution which was regarded as dysfunctional and not an important institution for years now, got a new direction in the last 18 months under the leadership of a home-grown procurement specialist from IPAM who spearheaded the facilitation of an unprecedented accomplishment of saving this country huge sums of money that otherwise should have gone down the drain.
James Kollie, Lecturer-in-Charge/National Coordinator (Extramural Dept.) revealed that IPAM usually organises seminars for the Business and Management School of the University of Sierra Leone.
He SAID the Institute, in collaboration with the National Public Procurement Authority and the Anti-Corruption Commission is organising the first ever procurement seminar and various speakers have accepted to make presentations on topics relating to the theme: “Implementing Electronic Procurement in Sierra Leone: Benefits to National Development”.
Mr. Kollie further disclosed that the said program is expected to bring together about one thousand five hundred (1500) students from the Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Kono and Makeni IPAM campuses.
Many students have expressed delight to witness the first ever Procurement Seminar for Procurement Students in Sierra Leone.
Hawa Moriba, DIPS Year 2 expressed the following view, “the whole package that will be unfolded during this seminar is worth attending and I can’t afford to miss it out. My anxiety to attend the first Procurement Seminar is beyond description because I know what it means to have got prudent intellectuals as speakers. We are eagerly waiting for that very day to come”.