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Infrastructure procurement skills gap amongst procurement personnel in Nigeria’s public sector

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


Abdul Mahamadu
Associate Lecturer - FET - ABE - UABE0000

Patrick Manu
Professor of Innovative Construction and Project Management

Colin Booth
AHOD in Research/ Associate Professor

Paul Olomolaiye
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equalities and Civic Engagement

Akinwale Coker

Ahmed Ibrahim

Jessica Lamond
College Dean for Research & Enterprise


© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Procurement of public infrastructure that is fit for purpose partly depends on the competencies of procurement personnel. In many developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria, there is a deficit in the quantity and quality of infrastructure and their procurement is further riddled with deficiencies in the capacity of public procuring entities. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the critical skills development needs of public personnel involved in the procurement of infrastructure in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach: Based on a quantitative research strategy, this study sought to address the knowledge gap through a survey of public infrastructure procurement personnel (n = 288) in different tiers of government (i.e. state and local government) and geopolitical contexts (north and south) in Nigeria. Findings: Of the 45 procurement skill areas operationalised, there is need for further development in 38 of them including: computing/ICT; problem-solving; communication; decision-making; health and safety management; quality management; relationship management; team building; project monitoring and evaluation; time management and procurement planning. Originality/value: A key implication of this study is for policymakers in state and local government to formulate and implement infrastructure procurement capacity development reforms that address the competency gaps of procurement personnel. Such reforms need to take into account the suitable methods for developing procurement competencies. Additionally, the procurement skill areas operationalised in this capacity assessment study could serve as a useful blueprint for studying capacity deficiencies amongst public infrastructure procurement personnel in other developing countries.


Mahamadu, A., Manu, P., Booth, C., Olomolaiye, P., Coker, A., Ibrahim, A., & Lamond, J. (2018). Infrastructure procurement skills gap amongst procurement personnel in Nigeria’s public sector. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 16(1), 2-24.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 20, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 28, 2017
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Print ISSN 1726-0531
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 2-24
Keywords developing country, procurement skills, infrastructure, Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa
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