The Busia County public service has been encouraged to embrace E-procurement platform as an effective way of ensuring efficient service delivery.
During a government training on the e-procurement system at Hotel Itoya in Busia town, the Busia County Secretary CS Nicodemus Mulaku questioned why a public service would not be online to ensure fast processing of services.
He emphasized the need for Busia County to embrace the E-procurement process in order to guarantee fast, convenient and efficient service delivery without misuse or over use of the tax-payers money.
“People are mobile; business is mobile, why should pubic services stay disconnected?” wonderd Cs Nicodemus. He further called upon the public service bodies with high spending budgets to ensure their staff and suppliers are well trained on E-procurement by the 31st of December 2019, in order to be ready for the major E-procurement shift in the county processes.
The E-procurement processes to be adopted are well aligned with the expectations of public service delivery because they fall within the larger civil service reform agenda framework of Busia County Government. The County government has in the recent past been driving major service delivery reforms such as human resource appraisal systems and performance management.
These reforms are not only expected to improve service delivery but also ensure a conducive work-life balance for county staff with a possible introduction of flexible working hours for the public officers.
The County CS, Mr Nicodemus Mulaku further recognized and appreciated the great effort put in by the county procurement and IFMIS unit as well as all stakeholders present in spearheading the IT readiness of their teams in anticipation of the adoption of the E-procurement system, which is well aligned with Kenya’s Vision 2030 that calls for civil servants to act as facilitators in economic transformation and nation building.