PPCC Seeks Partnership With Media, CSO Groupings

By: Stephen G. Fellajuah

In an effort to ensure transparency and fairness in the public sector, the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) has conducted a one-day capacity building workshop for media practitioners and civil society activists

The workshop was intended to afford media and CSO practitioners the opportunity to knowledge of PPCC activities in the promotion of good governance.

Held last Friday, September 3, at the Kakata Administrative Hall in Margibi, the one-day working session was also aimed at building collaboration with the media and civil society institutions in ensuring the actualization of the Public Procurement and Concessions Act.

A presentation from the PPCC highlighted key updates of the commission, including the PPCC’s mandate, PEs responsibility & the media and chaos role in public procurement;  as well as the media & CSOs in enforcing procurement compliance.

The presentation also highlighted Building synergies with the media and CSO grouping to enhance national development; understanding the key requirements of the PPCA; the purpose of the PPCC VR; and complaints mechanism: understanding the complaints process.

The PPCC Executive Director, Atty. Jargbe Roseline Nagbe-Kowo said the workshop was a continuation of commitment of routine engagement with the media and civil society institutions about the workings of the PPCC and was also to collaborate efforts with the Commission for the betterment of the country.

PPCC aims to collaborate with the media and civil society to understand the Public Procurement Concessions Act which   targets promotion of integrity, accountability, fairness and competition, and the overall economic development of the nation, PPCC Chief Executive noted.

She narrated that a large scale of public funding goes to procurement done by procuring concessions granting entities, and added that the Commission embraces fair play of the process and value for money that will benefit the citizens and society to foster good governance.

Atty. Nagbe- Kowo told participants at the forum that the meeting was necessary to understand procurement issues for good and balance reporting on public procurement, and therefore encouraged the media and CSOs to fact check their information before reporting to the public as agents of conscience responsible to shifting public opinion.

Madam Nagbe- Kowo, overwhelmed by the attendance, said the media and CSOs can visit the offices of the Commission for inquiries whenever there is need to verify any information, especially intended for public consumpt6ion, saying that the collaboration is about fostering good governance.

“I want the media and CSOs’ commitment to sustain the purpose of our interaction so that report on PPCC issues are balance and accurate,” she pleaded. She observed that some journalists and activists do not do well in verifying their information before airing or publishing

Continuing, she said, “It is that value for money principle that we have come to share with you, to help the PPCC achieve its mandate and to help fight corruption and improve the government’s performance.”

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