On Thursday, no fewer than 453 local contractors took part in an open bidding process for the development/renovation of public schools and other facilities that the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OYOSUBEB) had announced.
The bids were for the infrastructure renewal and educational development projects for the 2020–2021 FGN–UBEC–SUBEB, according to Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, Executive Chairman of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.
He continued by saying that the bid was conducted in accordance with Governor Seyi Makinde’s directive that government contracts adhere to the public procurement process for transparency and accountability in the presence of the contractors and a small number of government officials at the Board’s premises.
Dr. Adeniran said a total of Two Hundred and Twenty-three (223) projects were bidded under the FGN-UBEC-SUBEB’S intervention project.
Adeniran praised the current administration’s efforts in the education sector and pointed out that the Board had been able to launch four-year Intervention Projects within three years of taking office, despite the State Government spending on numerous developmental projects in the fields of health, road construction, agriculture, social welfare, and a host of others that had been producing fruitful results.
“His Excellency’s resilience in resuscitating the ailing standard of education in the State is highly commendable”, he said.
“This can be unequivocally stated as an unparalleled achievement that needs to be applauded”, Adeniran added.
He emphasized that the State and Federal Governments jointly and equally contribute to the annual intervention budget, which is in the billions of Naira, for the advancement of Basic Education in the State.
When Adeniran said, “it should be underlined that our State is doing fantastically well in terms of developmental initiatives,” he may have been implying that Oyo State has already accessed all of the collected monies.
Dr. Adeniran expressed his gratitude to the Bureau of Public Procurement’s State Director-General and her team for upholding the Public Procurement Act’s ethical standards.
He also applauded the efforts of the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission in facilitating free and qualitative Basic Education in a conducive learning environment for every Nigerian child, irrespective of their location in the entire country.
Speaking at the bid opening exercise, the representative of Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. (Mrs) Aisha Abdul attested to the Oyo State Government’s commitment and passion to the Basic Education sector.
She applauded the efforts of the Board in ensuring transparency, fairness and accountability, which has not been compromised.
Dr. Abdul appealed to the successful contractors to follow the contract modalities and regulations guiding the projects.
The Projects bidded for include:
(i)Construction of a block of 4 classrooms: 15
(ii)Construction of a block of 3 classrooms: 46
(iii)Construction of ECCDE Pilot Centres: 5
(iv)Construction of Perimeter Fence: 7
(v)Renovation of blocks of classrooms: 53
(vi)Sinking of borehole: 39
(vii)Sinking of deep well: 2
(viii)Procurement of Furniture which has been broken into 56 lots (total of 8533 desks & benches as well as 502 pairs of teachers’ tables and chairs).
The event was witnessed by representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education; Bureau of Public Procurement; Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors; Nigeria Society of Engineers.
Others present were Nigerian Institute of Architects; Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers; and Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.