keywords: Construction, procurement, procurement systems, performance
Every client at the beginning of any project aims at having value for the money spent via a quality structure delivered on time and within budget by the contractor. However, researchers have shown that in most cases this aim is not met one of the reasons highlighted is wrong choice of procurement method. This study aims at establishing the procurement system that yields optimum performance in construction projects. This was achieved by identifying the types of procurement systems adopted in construction projects and establishing the relationship that exist between the procurement systems and performance. A structured questionnaire was administered to consultants on construction projects. 358 questionnaires were administered and 207 were correctly completed and returned. Quantitative Data analysis was carried out using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The result revealed that the traditional system procurement is the most adopted option in project execution with a grand mean of 4.22. The result of the inferential statistics shows that Traditional procurement system yields the optimum performance. The study finally recommends that consultants and other stakeholders in the construction industry and particularly those in the building sector should be up to date in the procurement process as to be able to suitably advise clients when it comes to building procurement, and that before choosing a procurement system the main objective and even supporting objectives should be established.