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Infrastructure procurement capacity gaps in Nigeria public sector institutions

Manu, Patrick; Mahamadu, Abdul-Majeed; Booth, Colin; Olomolaiye, Paul; Coker, Akinwale; Ibrahim, Ahmed; Lamond, Jessica


Patrick Manu

Abdul Mahamadu
Associate Lecturer - CATE - AAE - UAAE0001

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Colin Booth
Professor of Smart and Sustainable Infrastructures

Paul Olomolaiye
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equalities and Civic Engagement

Akinwale Coker

Ahmed Ibrahim

Jessica Lamond
College Dean for Research & Enterprise


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.


Manu, P., Mahamadu, A., Booth, C., Olomolaiye, P., Coker, A., Ibrahim, A., & Lamond, J. (2019). Infrastructure procurement capacity gaps in Nigeria public sector institutions. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 26(9), 1962-1985.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 26, 2019
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2019
Publication Date Oct 21, 2019
Deposit Date Mar 1, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jun 11, 2019
Journal Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Print ISSN 0969-9988
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 9
Pages 1962-1985
Keywords construction, engineering, questionnaire survey
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