Featured Image: Dr Sarwuan Tarrock, Representative of Education Commissioner at the event
Benue state Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, today at its Headquarters in Makurdi opened bids for award of contracts and other public procurements.
In a keynote address, Benue state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Basic Education, Dr Sarwuan Tarnogo explained that the occasion was to enable Benue SUBEB make use of the intervention funds jointly provided by the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, and the Benue state Government between the 4th quarter of 2018 to the 4th quarter of 2019.
“…Federal government through the Universal Basic Education Commission and the Benue state government have jointly released the sum of Four Billion, One Hundred and Forty Million, Four hundred and Fourteen Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Three naira, Ninety Six kobo (N4, 140,414,743.96) for numerous infrastructural projects.
“Apart from the collaborative efforts with UBEC, Benue state on its own has committed huge resources for infrastructural development of basic education in the state as evident in the recent procurement of 10,000 plastic chairs and tables for distribution to our Basic schools”, Ityavyar said.
He stated that the public bids opening was significant in terms of transparency in the implementation of government projects, transforming state government’s policies and promises into reality. He added that it showed their parastatals, agencies and boards
like SUBEB had keyed into the programmes of the current administration under Governor Samuel Ortom.
The Education Commissioner commended SUBEB for organizing the event and tasked the officials of the board to carry out constant monitoring of projects to ensure that the work is done with professionalism, competence and integrity
Earlier in a welcome address, Benue state SUBEB Chairman, Comrade Joseph Utse who was represented by Permanent Member 1 of the board, Hon. Mike Kusah while corroborating the Commissioner’s statement disclosed that Governor Samuel Ortom paid a counterpart fund of Two Billion Seventy Million, Two Hundred and Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy One naira. Ninety eight kobo (N2,070,207371.98) totalling Four Billion, One Hundred and Forty Million, Four Hundred and Fourteen Thousand Seven Hundred and Forty Three naira, Ninety Six kobo (N4,140,414,743.96).
“These funds have been accessed and we are here today to utilize it for execution projects in line with the public procurement procedure”, Utse assured.
He revealed that work plans had been approved before the occasion and stated that at the end of the biding exercise, Benue SUBEB would award contracts for massive construction of classroom blocks, renovation and rehabilitation of dilapidated school buildings, drilling of boreholes to improve water supply, procurement of plastic chairs and desks as well as many other facilities that would make learning conducive in most of the Basic Schools.
The SUBEB Executive Chairman made it know clearly that, before the bids were opened to the public, the projects the board intended to execute were advertised in Local and National Newspapers, notices were also placed on their notice boards inviting for tenders from interested companies and only companies that met the pre-qualification requirements were shortlisted to bid for the contracts.
He appreciated Governor Ortom for providing support on all aspects of the UBE programme implementation and also thanked the Education Commissioner, Prof. Ityavyar for his efforts towards improving the quality of education in the state.
In her remark, UBEC Coordinator in Benue state, Mrs Augustina Sanchi appreciated Ortom for his tireless efforts which kept Benue SUBEB at the top and encouraged the board to sustain transparency in the award of contracts. She also urged the would-be contractors to execute quality projects, noting that only quality would help Benue state maintain its top position among other states.
In another remark, Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, Prince Okwori spelt out the principles of Public Procurement such as transparency, efficiency, fairness, reliability, accountability as well as ethical standards, urging SUBEB and the potential contractors to adhere strictly to the principles.
Responding on behalf of the contractors, Chief Executive Officer of Mimi Ventures, Mrs Victoria Tarbo assured of their synergy that would guarantee the best result which Governor Ortom demands.