The committee members were successfully commissioned by the National Procurement Commission in a swearing-in ceremony on Monday 07th September.
The ceremony, held at the Eastern Highlands Provincial headquarters in Goroka, was officiated by NPC chief executive officer Simon Bole and NPC board secretary, Babaga Naime.
When commending the Committee members, Bole challenged them to be transparent in undertaking their duties and ensure compliance to the National Procurement Act (NPA).
He said the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government and other districts in the province have yet to establish their procurement committees as required under the National Procurement Act reforms. He urged them to make it their priority to communicate with NPC to establish the committees.
“This applies to other provinces and districts that have yet to establish their procurement committee,” he emphasised.
“You are obliged and required to deliver services to the people and without the procurement committees established, you cannot procure and deliver goods and services.
“It will be in breach of the NPA and penalty provision Section 78, which is a fine not exceeding K2 million and a prison term not exceeding 15 years or both.”
Bole said the NPC has issued circular instruction in the newspapers of the district and provincial committee establishment and has carried out extensive awareness already.
Okapa District Development Authority chief executive officer, Ipai Haui, who is also the chairman of the Okapa District Procurement Committee, thanked the NPC for working with them to successfully establish the committee.
(CEO for Okapa DDA Ipai Haui, seated centre, with his Okapa District Procurement Committee Members and NPC board Secretary Babaga Naime (back row, left), NPC CEO Simon Bole, Goroka Senior Magistrate Gerald Vetunawa and Roland Komiparo during the swearing in ceremony in Goroka on Monday 07th September)