Kwara govt opens bids for 2022, 2023 SUBEB/UBEC school projects

Kwara state Universal Basic Education Board (KwSUBEB) on Friday opened bids for at least 315 applicants, who are seeking contracts for the execution of the 2022 and 2023 SUBEB/UBEC school projects in the state.

The two-year bid processes are expected to cover six (6) lots of school intervention projects such as the construction of two blocks of classrooms with offices; construction of a block of VIP toilet of four (4) compartments in 28 different locations; remodeling and renovation of a total of 136 classrooms; provision of 7,756 units of furniture for pupils; provision of 877 units of furniture for teachers; and supply of water and sanitation in 15 locations respectively.

At the brief ceremony in Ilorin, the Chairman of House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon Salihu Muhammed Baba, said the bidding for 2022 and 2023 school projects further signifies the seriousness of the state government to develop infrastructure in the public basic schools.

He commended Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for hugely investing in key capital projects like education, and urged the would-be contractors to ensure that quality jobs are delivered according to the specifications.

"As contractors, I want to advise that you should carry along members of the communities where the projects would be situated, and this step should not be at the expense of delivering quality jobs,” he said.

Chairman of the SUBEB, Prof Sheu Raheem Adaramaja, in his remarks, said the government has been consistent and up-to-date with the payment of counterpart funds, a commitment he noted gives the state a license to access capital to change the fortune of its education sector.

He assured the contractors that the selection of lucky ones will be based on merits, and that the process will be devoid of political interference.

"Today's exercise is another competition as it used to be because of the size and number of the projects to be awarded. In addition, the bids we are here to open today are for the year 2022 and 2023 FGN/UBEC/SUBEB intervention projects in line with Bureau of Procurement and Kwara State Public Procurement Agency Act,” he said. 

"I want to commend Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq
for his giant steps on the continuous payment of State counterpart funds, in the last four years, His Excellency has paid counterpart funds for years 2014-2023”.

The Chairman also appreciated the Management of UBEC (Universal Basic Education Commission), the Bureau of Public Procurement Abuja and other agencies and stakeholders that contributed to the success of the exercise.

One of the bidders, Alhaji Suleiman Oba Wakasi, who spoke on behalf of others, expressed their satisfaction with the manner the bidding was carried out, and pledged not to compromise standards when awarded the contracts.

He also lauded the Governor for his leadership style and how his administration continues to take the development of education and other key sectors with all seriousness.

Other dignitaries in attendance include the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties Alhaji Abdulrazhaq Jiddah; Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Rebecca Bake Olarewaju; and a director from the EFCC Usman Sakari; among others.

Ameenat Abiola Atere
Press Secretary 
Kwara SUBEB 
June 7, 2024.


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