CURBING CORRUPTION IN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCESS IN NIGERIA
This study examines the procurement process in Nigeria with a view to assessing the procurement act, as well as investigating the effects of corruption in public procurement on the masses and practical suggested ways of curbing corruption in our procurement process. The study also seeks to assess different policies and regulation earlier adopted and used to curb corruption in the system. A broad review of literature was carried out on procurement act, the possible ways of achieving proper implementation of the act and other possible means of curbing corruption in Nigeria Public Procurement. Data were collected with the aid of well-structured questionnaires administered on researchers/construction professionals like the Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Builders, Engineers, Estate Surveyors and other professionals like Accountants, Financial Managers, Bankers, Lawyers and journalists in government offices, banks, construction companies, media houses, research institutes and consulting firms in Enugu, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo and Abia states of Eastern Nigeria. The data generated were further analyzed using descriptive statistical tools such as percentages, mean averages, frequencies and relative importance index ranking as well as comparison of results from participants groups respectively. In conclusion, the results and interpretation obtained formed the basis for the conclusion drawn and recommendation given.