NITA-U concludes audit clarifications with the Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises Committee of Parliament.
On Tuesday morning, the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) was hosted by the Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises Committee (COSASE) of Parliament to respond to queries raised in the annual Auditor General’s report for Financial Year 2015/16 that alluded to the flouting of rules and regulations that govern the process of extending contracts with awarded suppliers.
This is a normal process expected of all statutory authorities & enterprises and is not unique to NITA-U. The COSASE committee will from time to time summon the different authorities and enterprises to provide clarity on a range of issues, this is not in any way an indicator of malpractice nor impropriety but simply a routine exercise carried out by the legislature as stipulated in the Uganda Constitution.
During the engagement, the Solicitor General, Mr. Francis Atoke, shared that, ‘the addendum was approved by the Contracts Committee in their 22nd sitting on 15th November 2016 to amend the contract term by more 10 years. With these relevant approvals and the provisions in the original contract that allows for amendment of the clauses of the contract, our office cleared addendum Number 3.’
This process adheres to the rules and guidance as set out in the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) Act.
It was also noted that contract renewals are based on performance of a supplier, once deemed satisfactory, a Government agency is permitted start the renewal process. It’s important that performing suppliers be granted extension as they would have gained invaluable experience that would negate the slow start of a new supplier associated with the ‘learning curve’ phase.
This experience in critical initiatives such as the management of the National Backbone Infrastructure goes along away in providing the agility that is required when a nation is intent on making access to government services easier through provision of robust and reliable infrastructure platforms.
NITA-U reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that the National Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) is efficiently managed to the best industry grade standards. The NBI will be the enabler for trustworthy and fit-for-purpose online Government services that Ugandan citizens have started to benefit from. With Government focus on digitization of the economy, we expect more Government agencies to take their onward services online.
NITA-U’s intention is to continue enabling the lives of Ugandan citizens by demystifying the concept of the use of ICT through the provision of high-speed and far reaching internet to government offices, thereby ensuring reliable and consistent online government services.