What is the National Contracts Commission?
The National Contracts
Commission (NCC) is an independent Commission. Its primary objective is the “promotion of
efficiency in the process of the award and implementation of government contracts
and ensuring transparency and equity in the awarding of such contracts”.
The NCC is comprised of a panel of
eight (8) members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor General. Each panel of the
Commission serves for a term of seven (7) years, in the first instance.
The NCC was established by way of an amendment to the Contractor General
Act in 1999 and commenced its operations in the year 2000. It had its first full year of
operation in 2001.
The NCC, which currently convenes its meetings weekly at the premises which
are occupied by the Office of
the Contractor General (OCG), basically attains its stated objectives by:
Reviewing and endorsing recommendations for the award of
Government contracts above $30 million in value;
Making recommendations to cabinet for the award of
contracts above $60 million in value;
Registering and classifying contractors who are desirous
of tendering on Government contracts;
Overseeing the activities of its five (5) Specialist Sector Committees,
through which all contract award recommendations which are intended for review
by the NCC must be routed by the sponsoring Public Sector procurement Agency;
Making recommendations to Cabinet for
improving the efficiency of the procedures for the granting and implementation
of Government contracts.
The NCC has established five (5) Specialist Sector Committees to facilitate the speedy
processing of its review of Government contract award recommendations. Sector
Committees examine contract proposals for works, goods and services which are
of a value above $30 million. Sector Committees do not award contracts but seek
to ensure that the Government procurement procedures are complied with.
contractor registration procedures and procurement guidelines are established
to ensure that the Government contracts award process is conducted with
procedures, which place emphasis upon transparency and consistency at all
stages of the public sector procurement process, are intended to serve as a guide
to Public Sector Agencies in their invitation, evaluation and documentation of
the contractor selection process.
Powers of the
The NCC may, by law, do anything or enter into any transaction which it
considers necessary or desirable for the proper performance of its functions.
The NCC may also make regulations prescribing –
the qualifications required for the registration of
the procedure for the submission of tenders for
the requirement for contractors to enter into
competitive bidding in relation to government contracts;
the circumstances in which the
registration of contractors may be cancelled.
Relationship between the National Contracts Commission (NCC)and the Office of the
The OCG, through its Technical Services Division, is the Office that
supports the NCC in the discharge of its mandates under the Contractor General Act.
As the NCC’s secretariat, it ensures that all of the NCC’s technical, administrative and human resource services
requirements are fully satisfied.
Because of its subsidiary
role as a resource provider to the NCC, the OCG is privy to
the activities and deliberations of the NCC. Notwithstanding, the two Commissions,
that is; the Commission of the Contractor General and the NCC,
are separate and distinct under the law.
When the NCC discharges
its mandates under the law, for example, when it endorses recommendations for the award of
Government contract, those endorsements must in no circumstances be interpreted as an
endorsement or approval by the OCG.
Notwithstanding, the OCG and the NCC,
in the discharge of their respective statutory obligations and functions, complement
the work of each other.