Despite the push by the current administration to rid the country of corruption, lawmakers in the Senate have insisted that the effort will yield no tangible result until there is a total overhaul of the public procurement system in the country which the lawmakers believe is the root cause of corruption in Nigeria.
The Senate has therefore mandated its committee on public procurement to begin an investigation into what they described as monumental corruption in the Bureau of Public Procurement BPP, an Agency which was set up by law to monitor the procurement of contracts.
The move followed a motion raised by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West who lamented that inflation of contract cost is now a tradition in the country as a result of the connivance of officials of BPP.
In his contribution, Senator Mathew Uroghide representing Edo South, urged the upper legislative chamber not to end the matter as just a motion but to insist that the desired change is carried out.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary mandated the committee on procurement to report back in five weeks with details of its investigation.