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Public procurement policies of Nigeria and Ghana: an analysis of the administrative challenges in achieving value for money

Daniel Dramani Kipo-Sunyehzi (Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Abdul-Fatawu Abubakari (Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
John-Paul Safunu Banchani (Department of History and Political Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Journal of Public Procurement

ISSN: 1535-0118

Article publication date: 28 February 2024

Issue publication date: 17 May 2024

63

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to focus on public policy concerning the implementation of public procurement policies in Nigeria and Ghana toward achieving value for money in the procurement of goods, services and works. It specifically analyzes some major administrative challenges Nigeria and Ghana are faced with in the administration/implementation of public procurement policies toward achieving value for money. It looks at the relationship between the state (regulatory authorities) and substate (procurement entities) in the public sectors of Nigeria and Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

A comparative case study approach is adopted, where the two countries are compared in terms of achieving value for money. Data was collected from multiple sources, including in-depth interviews. The use of official documents and direct observations at the procurement regulatory authorities and entities’ premises.

Findings

This study found Nigeria often used the four Es – economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity while Ghana mainly used the traditional five rights (right quantity, right quality, right price, right place and right time) as their criteria for ensuring value for money. The major administrative challenges found include corruption, low capacity of procurement personnel and poor knowledge of the procurement laws.

Social implications

It recommends effective collaboration between government and civil society groups in the fight against corruption in procurement-related activities, with the implication that there is a need for periodic training for public procurement officials.

Originality/value

It adds to the field of public procurement in terms of value for money in the procurement of goods, services and works in developing countries context.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: The research did not receive any funding from private, public or commercial sources.

Availability of data and materials: The data sources are not available in any repository, but the data used and analyzed in the study can be made available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.

Ethical approval: Institutional permission was granted for the interviews.

Informed consent: Applicable.

Conflict of interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Citation

Kipo-Sunyehzi, D.D., Abubakari, A.-F. and Banchani, J.-P.S. (2024), "Public procurement policies of Nigeria and Ghana: an analysis of the administrative challenges in achieving value for money", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 24 No. 2, pp. 193-209. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOPP-08-2023-0060

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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