Ekiti Subeb Boss Assures Of Fairness, Transparency In UBEC/SUBEB 2019 Intervention Project Contract Awards

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The Chairman of the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board
(SUBEB), Professor Femi Akinwumi has assured that the ongoing award
process of contracts for the UBEC/SUBEB 2019 projects in the state
will be transparent and strictly based on merit.

According to a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the
process of awarding the contracts for the UBEC/SUBEB 2019 projects has
commenced and would soon be concluded.

Prof. Akinwumi explained that in preparation for a free, fair and
hitch free process, officials of SUBEB held series of consultations
with stakeholders including a tripartite interactive forum with top
officials of Ekiti State Bureau of Special Projects and the state UBEC
Coordinator on ways of strengthening its project implementation and
monitoring strategies as well as ensuring a smooth contract award
process.

He said that resolutions arrived at during the tripartite meeting with
the Bureau of Special Project and the UBEC State Coordinator include
fine tuning the letters of award to be issued to contractors in order
to remove ambiguities and omissions noticed in the award letters of
previous years.

Akinwumi added that the proposed contract award letter would contain
technical specifications including details and measurements of depths,
wall finish, floor finish, specific ceiling and roofing materials to
be used in projects in letters of award of renovation and construction
contracts.

He said other resolutions reached at the forum include provision of
the bill of quantities of the project to each successful bidder,
ensuring that roofing materials to be used in building
construction/renovation are procured from only duly accredited
vendors while a more robust monitoring system would be introduced to
enforce standard from start to finish with strict adherence to
project timeline and other UBEC Specifications.

Stressing that it would not be business as usual for contractors
handling SUBEB projects in the state as the board would put
necessary checks in place to ensure that only contractors that fulfill
the conditions at the various milestones of the contract would be
cleared for payment and allowed to proceed to next milestone, Prof
Akinwumi assured that the technical officers that would monitor the
projects at both the State and Local Government level would be
regularly trained and properly monitored.

He said though the ongoing and recently concluded UBEC/SUBEB projects
in the state were of very high standard, the board would continue
working towards ensuring that no substandard project scales the
hurdles to be put in place .
Akinwumi emphasized that any contractor that attempts to do shoddy job
would be identified early, weeded out of the process and blacklisted.

While noting that the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi had
paid over N7.3 billion counterpart funds to UBEC in the last two
years, Akinwumi stressed that it was therefore the duty of all
stakeholders in the basic education sector, including members of the
SUBEB Management and staff, education secretaries, head teachers,
technical officers in the board, contractors and leaders of host
communities of the benefitting schools to ensure that the state gets
value for the huge investment Governor Fayemi was making in the
sector.

He also urged contractors and stakeholders who took part in the
bidding process and the general public to discountenance rumours
that some powerful people were trying to highjack the contract award
process through financial inducement and and political patronage.

He said such cheap blackmail was not going to work as only contractors
recommended in the pre-qualification process by the State Bureau of
Public Procurement as well as those with track record of good
performance in previous exercises would be considered for the
contract award process.

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