Lomatey Isaac Toku
This study was undertaken to assess the operational woes of the procurement practitioner in it day to day activities in the context of Ghanaian Polytechnics. Open ended interviews, discussions together with observations were used in data collection whereas thematic analysis was applied in data analyses. After a comprehensive investigation it was revealed that the function is entangled with a lot of challenges among which are; high level of bureaucracy in the procurement process, lack of logistics such as photocopiers, fax machines, scanners, printers, telephones and vehicles and the tedious, laborious and slow characteristics of some requirements/clauses of the Public Procurement Act (Act 663 of 2003). The researcher therefore concluded that the procurement function should be upgraded to a strategic position where it would be independent, well-resourced and be involved more in the institutions long term strategic planning process.