By Reuben Olita
The Council of Governors in partnership with Public Procurement Authority (PPRA), State Department of Gender from Public Service and the National Treasury Access to Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) secretariat have rolled out sensitization programs aimed at increasing AGPO uptake in Busia County.
Addressing the press after a meeting with County Secretary, CPA Nicodemus Mulaku and Finance Executive, Phaustine Barasa at the County Headquarters, Mr James Kamau from CoG said their objective is to see how the County can execute AGPO update.
” The AGPO is a project supported by UN Women in 14 counties although we are providing onsite support to four counties including Busia,” he said.
Mr Kamau said the team will meet procurement practitioners today before meeting representatives of youth, persons with disability and women tomorrow.
” We will want to know from them why AGPO which is pegged at 30 percent is low. Is it because they have no access to such opportunities or they lack capacity to execute such tasks?”
Finance CECM Phaustine Barasa said the County Government always advertises such opportunities in the daily paper and on the county’s website www.busiacounty.go.ke.
” Some of these groups could either be lacking capacity to honour their obligations or fear of unknown which includes false notion that some duties are not meant for youth, women or PWDs,” she said.
Ms Barasa added:” Non responsiveness of these groups has resulted in certain tenders being readvertised. There is need to sensitize these groups which are very critical in the society; this will also reduce poverty levels in the county.”
The aim of the AGPO Program is to facilitate the youth, women and persons with disabilities owned enterprises to be able to participate in government procurement.
The role of PPRA is to capacity build persons involved in public procurement, provide technical support, monitor and ensure compliance with the PPADA, 2015.