Infrastructure procurement capacity gaps in Nigeria public sector institutions

Manu, P., Mahamadu, A.-M. ed, Booth, C., Olomolaiye, P., Coker, A., Ibrahim, A. ed and Lamond, J. (2019) Infrastructure procurement capacity gaps in Nigeria public sector institutions. Engineering Construction and Architectural Management. ISSN 0969-9988 [In Press] Available from:

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Purpose: The achievement of sustainable development goals is linked to the procurement of public infrastructure in a manner that meets key procurement objectives, such as sustainability, value-for-money, transparency and accountability. At the heart of achieving these procurement objectives and others is the capacity of public procurement institutions. Whereas previous reports have hinted that there are deficiencies in procurement capacity in Nigeria, insights regarding critical aspects of organisational capacity deficiencies among different tiers of government agencies is limited. This study investigates the critical gaps in the procurement capacity of state and local government agencies involved in the procurement of public infrastructure in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach: The study employed a survey of public infrastructure procurement personnel which yielded 288 responses. Findings: Among 23 operationalised items that are related to organisational procurement capacity, none is perceived to be adequate by the procurement personnel. Additionally, among 14 procurement objectives only one is perceived as being attained to at least a high extent. Originality/value: The findings underscore the acuteness of organisational procurement capacity weaknesses among public procurement institutions within Nigeria’s governance structure. It is, thus, imperative for policy makers within state and local government to formulate, resource and implement procurement capacity building initiatives/programmes to address these deficiencies. Additionally, the organisational procurement capacity items operationalised in this study could serve as a useful blueprint for studying capacity deficiencies among public infrastructure procurement agencies in other developing countries, especially within sub-Saharan Africa where several countries have been implementing public procurement reforms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction, engineering, questionnaire survey
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Architecture and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Dr A.-M. ed Mahamadu
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2019 12:29
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2019 14:25


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