While it planned to collect at least Sh11.7 billion from several sources only Sh 8.9 billion, equivalent to 76 percent of the target was met, the agency’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Jacob Kibona said here yesterday.
Speaking during the third GSPA Workers Council annual meeting, he said some government departments did not use GSPA in their procurement process while others failed to pay the agency on time.
“GSPA did not meet the targeted collections broadly due to lack of cooperation from several departments and institutions,” he said, noting that they are out for improved collections in the current financial year.
The GPSA was established under the Executive Agency Act CAP 245 R.E 2007 and came into effect through Government Notice (GN) number 235 of 7th December 2007 and its amendments through Government Notice number .133 of 13th, April, 2012.
It is mandated to ensure availability of adequate and quality procurement services to the government and non-governmental institutions as stipulated in Public Procurement Act, Cap 410.
The agency is responsible for procurement, storage and distribution of stock items for re-sale to government and non-government institutions, provision of clearing and forwarding and consultancy services and warehousing facilities.
It is also responsible for arranging for procurement of common use items and services by ministerial departments and agencies (MDAs) and local government authorities (LGAs) using framework contracts.
Despite facing many challenges like other government agencies, GSPA supports the government’s decision to shift its base to Dodoma, he said, noting that agency will also have its headquarters in the designated capital by 2020.
Chamwino District Commissioner Vumilia Nyomoga, standing in for Regional Commissioner Jordan Rugimbana, urged GSPA workers to continue with the job well done and uphold ethical standards.
She said councils work freely in supporting and strengthening government efforts at all levels to ensure improved performance in service delivery.
The DC urged the council to work on cross-cutting issues like HIV/Aids and non-communicable diseases at work places.
“Let workers refrain from non-productive endless debates and instead focus on how to improve efficiency at their places of work and government offices,” she remarked..
She warned the agency to be wary of ghost workers, reminding council members to take account of workers under them in effort to end the problem caused by failure to update workers’ records.
It was high time the agency carried out verification of workers to help remove ghost workers that cause the government to lose plenty of money, the DC added.