Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has opened the bid for the award of N5.4 billion contracts for construction of new school buildings.
Speaking during the opening of the bid in Lafia, the state capital,SUBEB chairman, Mohammed Dan-Azumi, said the process was in line with the relevant laws to ensure due process in the award of contracts.
Dan-Azumi, who was represented by a Permanent Member 1, Mr Freeman Kasa, promised to provide a level playing field for all the bidders to participate and ensure that due process was strictly adhered to.
He said that the state government has paid its counterpart fund of N2.7 billion for the period of four years from for the last quarter of 2016 to 2018 to the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
“We will use the N5.4 billion the state accessed from UBEC to implement projects in order to actualize the objectives of basic education in the state,” he said.
Dan-Azumi said it would no longer be business as usual for contractors in the habit of collecting money and not doing the job as the board would deal with anyone found wanting in projects execution.
Also speaking, Ahmed Boboyi, Executive Secretary of UBEC, represented by Esther Tella, said the commission would ensure that the projects were executed in line with the approval given.
Boboyi urged successful contractors to ensure standard jobs were completed within the stipulated time frame.
Similarly Muluku Aga, member House of Assembly Committee of Education, Science and Technology, commended the board for a transparent bidding process.
He said that the committee through its oversight functions would ensure that the contractors adhere to standard.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, ,Mrs Fati Sabo declared the bidding open and warned contractors against compromising standard.