Nigeria’s procurement oversight agency, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has won a Government Innovation Award for pioneering project to ensure openness in government business transactions.

BPP’s Head, Public Relations, Thomas Odemwingie, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

He added that the award was announced in London following the Open Contracting Innovation Challenge.

He said the competition was run by the Washington DC-based Open Contracting Partnership and the London-based Open Data Institute and was funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

BPP won the award for its initiative to collaborate with civil society and business to use open data sources and make information about the country’s public procurement system more accessible, transparent and accountable to the public.

He said the competition recognised groundbreaking data-driven ideas for improving public procurement

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