1Prof. Aloysius-Michaels Okolie & 2Nnamani, Kelechi Elijah
1,2Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Corruption has widely been recognized as one of the impediments to the socio-economic cum political development of Nigeria. By 2000, it was observed that the conduct of government business in Nigeria had become difficult and expensive due to pervasive corruption, particularly procurement fraud. Although procurement fraud is one of the most common avenues of corruption in most countries, its incidence in Nigeria by 2000 was particularly widespread. To reverse this ugly trend, the Nigerian government initiated the public procurement reforms with a view that a corrupt-free procurement process will among other things, promote economic development in the country. Consequent upon the reform, the Public Procurement Act was enacted while the Bureau of Public Procurement was established to ensure due process, accountability and transparency in the award of government contract. In this light, this study evaluated the impact of the public procurement reforms on the economic development of Nigeria. We relied on documentary method of data collection and content analysis of data. Meanwhile, employing the basic propositions emanating from the Marxist theory of the Post-Colonial State, this study noted that the nature and character of Nigerian state undermined the procurement reform from achieving its expected goals. We however, recommended for the removal of the immunity in the constitution and strengthening of the anti-graft agencies in Nigeria.