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Assessment of procurement capacity challenges inhibiting public infrastructure procurement: A Nigerian inquiry

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

Authors

Abdul Mahamadu Abdul.Mahamadu@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Project Management in the Built Environment

Colin Booth Colin.Booth@uwe.ac.uk
AHOD in Research/ Associate Professor

Paul Olomolaiye Paul.Olomolaiye@uwe.ac.uk
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equalities and Civic Engagement

Ahmed Ibrahim

Akinwale Coker



Abstract

© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Public procurement capacity is composed of three facets: individual, organisational and an enabling national environment which encapsulates national legislation, policies and institutional arrangements that can facilitate or hamper the effectiveness of procurement. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extent to which procurement capacity challenges in the national environment affect the effectiveness of infrastructure procurement by public agencies in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach: A total of 30 procurement capacity challenges drawn from literature were operationalized in a survey of infrastructure procurement personnel in different tiers of public agencies (i.e. local and state government) in order to ascertain the critical challenges affecting the effectiveness of infrastructure procurement. The survey yielded 288 responses, which were analysed using descriptive statistics, one-sample t-test and independent-samples t-test. Findings: Challenges related to transparency, integrity and accountability are amongst the topmost challenges adversely affecting the effectiveness of public infrastructure procurement. There is limited difference in the extent to which the challenges affect the effectiveness of infrastructure procurement in different tiers of public agencies in Nigeria. Originality/value: Whilst various procurement capacity challenges have been identified in the extent literature, this study has shown that an assessment of their effect on the effectiveness of infrastructure procurement could reveal valuable insights regarding the status of public infrastructure procurement within a country, particularly countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing regions where there is acute infrastructure deficits. Such insights could inform appropriate infrastructure procurement reforms by policy makers, procurement entities and infrastructure funders.

Citation

Manu, P., Mahamadu, A. M., Booth, C., Olomolaiye, P., Ibrahim, A., & Coker, A. (2018). Assessment of procurement capacity challenges inhibiting public infrastructure procurement: A Nigerian inquiry. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 8(4), 386-402. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-02-2018-0038

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 12, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 10, 2018
Publication Date Sep 10, 2018
Journal Built Environment Project and Asset Management
Print ISSN 2044-124X
Electronic ISSN 2044-1258
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 386-402
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-02-2018-0038
Keywords procurement, procurement capacity, infrastructure, developing countries, survey, sub-Saharan Africa
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/859958
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-02-2018-0038
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the accepted version of the article. The final published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-02-2018-0038.

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