person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder December 7, 2017 13:17:09

By Ekwughe Gladys Obianuju

Awka, Dec. 7, 2017 -- Contractors in Anambra interested in 3rd phase, rural water works contracts have been tasked to comply with the government standards and specifications.

The 3rd phase water project is under the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme11 (WSSSRPII).

The Project Manager, Rural Water Sanitation and Supply Agency (RUWASSA), Mr Victor Ezekwo said this at the pre-bidding/information meeting held at the Conference Hall, Government House, Awka.

Mr Ezekwo said the purpose of the meeting was to intimate the contractors on technical details, specifications and clarifications on the bidding procedure.

The project manager, who was represented by Mr Andy Nwanze welcomed all participants to the meeting and wished them successful deliberations.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power and Domestic Water Development, Mr Ifeanyi Douglas Mba hinted at the need for the vendors to maintain a high level of professionalism in executing the projects.

Mr Mba noted that the interested contractors should also strictly follow the specifications of the government in the bidding exercise.

The UNICEF, Director of Programme Coordinator, Due Process represented by Mr Tony Adisa noted that the projects were not only state government projects but needed to comply with internationally accepted standards.

``This demands a high degree of seriousness by the vendors to meet with the stipulated time that the work should be completed.’’

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Consultant, Mr Clement Chigbo, highlighted the mandatory requirements the contractors should meet to qualify in the bidding procedure.

Mr Chigbo said that company interested in the project should submit their company’s profiles such as the certificates of incorporation and company street address, evidence of company income tax clearance certificate for the last three (3) years.

It should also include the company’s financial details and the audited accounts for the last three (3) years.

The WASH consultant also said that the companies should be able to make available their organisational structure that includes the resumes of relevant of technical staff.

This should be accompanied the evidence of company’s experience on similar jobs executed in the last five years, the evidence of registration with the Ministry of Power and Domestic Water Development, Awka.

He, however, said that the contract which would commence this December would expire in March 2018, while payment of grants would end in May 2018. 

The Chairman, Civil Society Organisation, Mr Jonathan said the contractors have from January to March 2018 to finish their jobs to be able to receive grants that would expire in May.

He tasked the contractors to execute quality jobs, stressing that if their jobs was found wanting, the contract would be revoked and the job re-contracted to more serious vendors.

According to Jonathan UNICEF and EU cannot compromise on their usual standards concerning execution of contracts.

He, however, added that for them not to encounter any problems in payment, they should put in their best into the job to achieve the target.

The chairman said that the government would prefer to use companies that had the capacity to execute jobs without mobilisation while urging them to avoid sub contracting their jobs to other companies after winning the bid.