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Tertiary institutions top as PPDC launches maiden contracting compliance ranking

The Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) has launched her maiden edition of the Open Contracting Compliance Ranking (OCCR). The event, which was launched virtually,…

The Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) has launched her maiden edition of the Open Contracting Compliance Ranking (OCCR).

The event, which was launched virtually, highlighted the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), which were compliant in disclosing procurement information as required by the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) on Nigeria’s Open Contracting Portal (NOCOPO).

The Chief Operating Officer PPDC, Gift Maxwell, said that the rankings were set to focus on procurement plans for the year, 2020 and procurement records for the year, 2019.

According to him, the ranking was based on a score known as a Completeness Index (CI), calculated for each MDA by taking the average points of completeness against parameters for each project information published by MDAs on the NOCOPO platform.

On the NOCOPO platform, 170 MDAs were ranked and scored based on the presence of predefined fields in data, published on the platform.

The Federal University of Gashua, Yobe State; Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto; and Federal Co-operative College, Kaduna were ranked first, second and third positions respectively among the 170 that were considered.

Also, the National Ear Care Centre Kaduna, Federal Ministry of Defence, Abuja and Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Abuja came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

The bottom positions from 165 to 170 were held by the Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja; Ministry of Interior, National Pension Commission (NPC), Ministry of Communication Technology, Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) respectively.

The PDC Communication Officer, Nnenna Eze, said, “The goal of the ranking was to check and benchmark MDAs’ compliance to e-governance systems by checking the completeness of data published on NOCOPO and to incentivize MDAs to take more proactive approaches to complete published data.

“PPDC’s focus was on ranking MDAs across all sectors on their compliance, proactiveness and implementation of e-GP systems in Nigeria, starting with the NOCOPO portal to strengthen accountability and procurement outcomes,” she said.

On his part, the PPDC’s Software Developer, Kunle Adelowo, said the ranking was based on the CI score, which is a score between 1–23 (the total number of fields being considered) points, which measures the average completeness of data published by an MDA against some set parameters for each contracting circle.

He said, “The Completeness Index is calculated by taking the average of the total points scored by MDA in their published projects. Because the number of contracts awarded by different MDAs varies greatly, depending on nature and responsibilities of the MDA.

“This Index balances these by taking the average completeness across all projects regardless of the number of projects published.”

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