By Faith Awa Maji
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has confirmed Dr Dominic Adagadzu Bako as the Director General, Nasarawa State Bureau for Public Procurement.
The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi consequently directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the House’s resolution to the Governor for necessary action on Bako’s confirmation.
While answering questions after the confirmation as the Director General of Bureau for Public Procurement in the state, Dr Dominic Adagadzu Bako said corruption in the public service is the greatest problem confronting Nigeria as a country that must be dealt with if the country must grow for better.
According to Dr Bako, lack of political will and transparency will continue to hinder the wheel of government at all levels to provide the needed developmental will of the nation and noted that the public service mist be purged of corrupt practices.
It would be recalled that Governor Abdullahi Sule had nominated and forwarded Dr Dominic Adagadzu Bako’s name to the State House of Assembly for screening and subsequent confirmation to be appointed as the DG of Bureau for Public Procurement.
Dr Dominic Adagadzu Bako said that Nasarawa State Government activities has been bedevilled by corruption because transparency, due diligence and political will have been sacrificed for political interest.
He said: “Except and unless the politicians would have the will to stop cutting corners in the execution of projects and award of contracts, corruption will continue to be institutionalized in governance”
He challenged those saddled with the responsibility to govern the people to see the trust bestowed on them as a call to serve and shun all forms of get-rich quick syndrome and political ambition if the quest for the development of the country must be realized.
Until his appointment as DG, BPP, Dr Dominic Bako was the Special Adviser to the Governor, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule on Budget.
He used the event to urge Nigerians to see leadership as a test, shun abuse of office and put the interest of the country first as he also advised public servants in Nigeria and Nasarawa in particular to be aware that the era of business as usual was over in the state.
“We cannot do it alone hence the task of developing the State is a collective responsibility by all and sundry irrespective of political differences.
“The journey of establishing the bureau of public procurement in Nasarawa State started way back to the administration of the first civilian Governor, Abdullahi Adamu, but thank for the political will on the part of the present government to bring to bear the due process in governance in Nasarawa State.”