By Gabriel Ewepu – Abuja
The African Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, released on Thursday a report ranking the performance of 113 federal ministries, departments and agencies in 2020.
ANEEJ explained that the classification was made through the implementation of the Advocacy of civil society to support the fight against corruption and the rule of law in Nigeria, CASARN, on the performance of public institutions in the Open Contracting Portal of Nigeria, NOCOPO.
According to the Executive Director of ANEEJ, Rev David Ugolor, the CASARN project is part of the implementation of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Program (ROLAC), funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council, while ANEEJ is implementing the CASARN project with five other partners.
Ugolor also added that the objective of the CASARN project is to improve governance in Nigeria by contributing to the fight against corruption, strengthening the rule of law and the protection of human rights, reinforcing prevention mechanisms and improving civil society and public engagement in The struggle. against corruption.
Expected results include; Better supervision, transparency and accountability in resource management, and; Increased engagement and participation of civil society and the public in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
He said: “The classification covered the fiscal two-year period of 2018-2019, specifically the 2018 records and the 2019 procurement plan of 173 MDAs currently posted on NOCOPO.
“The Ranking was calculated between July 15 and August 20, 2020, the implication is that the MDAs whose information was not uploaded and made available to the public within this time period were not included in the ranking.
“A total of 113 ministries, departments and agencies (MDA) were evaluated or evaluated out of the more than 173 MDA in the open data segment of the Nigerian Open Procurement Portal (NOCOPO).
“The Ranking was designed to cover the 2018 acquisitions records and the 2019 Acquisitions Plan and only evaluated the data published on the NOCOPO platform by these MDAs and in line with the 2018 circulars issued by the Secretary of Government of the Federation .
“Of the 113 MDA evaluated, 34 MDA obtained between 13 and 19 points, which earned them the color green. These MDAs had the status of ‘Substantial Compliance’. An MDA is substantially compliant with the standards when substantial data is published among all relevant procurement data at the stage being graded on the Nigerian Open Procurement Portal (NOCOPO).
“Only 1 MDA obtained the yellow color classified as ‘Partial compliance’ and obtained a score of 9.67, which is between 8 and 12.99. An MDA partially meets the requirements when some data from the stages being evaluated is partially published.
“A total of 79 MDAs scored between 0 and 7.99 points and obtained the color red classified as ‘Not Compatible’. An MDA is out of compliance when it does not publish procurement data on the NOCOPO portal. Green – An MDA turns green when its completeness rating is between 13-19 points. Yellow: an MDA turns yellow when its integrity index is between 8-12.99 points. Red: An MDA turns red when its integrity index is between 0 and 7.99 “.
However, he (Ugolor) explained the step-by-step procedures used for classification, including obtaining available procurement records and information data (on all 5 procurement stages) on the Nigerian Open Procurement Portal (NOCOPO). ; The extracted data sets were analyzed (using data analysis tools) and aggregated into an Excel sheet prior to calculation; and the initial ranking was calculated on a Microsoft Excel sheet and presented to stakeholders during a validation session for feedback.