Kwara State Government on Wednesday opened bids for the year 2020 FGN-UBEC/SUBEB projects for the state primary and junior secondary schools.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq called on successful bidders to execute the jobs according to the specifications and in line with the Bureau of Public Procurement Act 2007.
Speaking at the bid opening ceremony in Ilorin, the Governor, represented by his deputy, Kayode Alabi, said the projects seek to improve the educational infrastructure and boost the local economy.
“Dear bidders, as you all know, every competition is bound to produce the winner; I sincerely implore the victors of today’s bid opening to ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the projects allotted meet up to the prescribed standard. We will not accept anything that falls below the advertised or paid-for standard,” he warned.
“Besides improving educational infrastructure, what we are doing also comes with huge socioeconomic benefits for our state. I believe that these projects will not only improve the level of basic education in the state it will also give job opportunities to artisans who will work at the project sites.
“Contractors are implored to patronize local artisans and suppliers to deliver high-quality jobs,” the Governor added.
Prof. Sheu Raheem Adaramaja, Chairman of the state SUBEB, in his remarks, disclosed that 215 contractors bidded for different categories of projects, adding that the board followed all necessary guidelines as entrenched in the state Bureau of Public Procurement Act of 2007.
He said the 2020 bid opening became a reality because of the state government’s effective utilization of 2014-2019 UBEC/KWSUBEB intervention funds.
He commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his government’s commitment to prompt payment of counterpart funds, including his recent approval of the 2021 counterpart funds, saying all this explains the high premium the administration placed on the education sector.