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Hundreds of contractors jostle for 47 cleaning jobs in Abuja

27th Jan, 2020 | By Wisdom Acka and Favour Etionwu | ||

Hundreds of contractors last week trooped into FCT Archives and History Bureau building, Garki, to bid for more than 47 cleaning contracts in Abuja. The usually serene Archives building burst into life and became even rowdy as anxious contractors took up all available spaces both in the parking lot and the main hall where the real bid opening took place.

Director, FCT Administration (FCTA)'s department of Procurement, Ibrahim Gusau, who addressed journalists on the sidelines of the opening, promised that FCTA would be transparent, fair and thorough throughout the procurement procedure. Abuja Digest Weekly gathered that the opening of bid was part of over a four-month process that would contract competent contractors to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) for the cleaning of the nation's capital.

According to him, the bidding was a technical pre-qualification exercise that would engage the cleaning companies in the task of cleaning the FCT for the next three years. Gusau noted that in order to ensure transparency, the department, in line with the Procurement Act, invited organisations such as Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), ICPC, NGOs and the media, to witness the exercise. He disclosed that in the first attempt to open the technical bidding last year, more than 450 companies made bids and the exercise was cancelled because of complaints and petitions.

According to him, after the pre-qualification exercise, the companies that were deemed credible would be called for financial aspect within the next three or four months even as he assured that his department would do its best to deliver a credible exercise and would listen to complaints if any arose. He said: "We have advertised for 47 lots of the cleaning and supply of vehicles and materials like computers. It is a three-year contract, and we hope that the companies that will win are capable of doing the work.

"We have to do due diligence, to make ensure that the companies are qualified, because at times companies that are not qualified come and bid, and at the end, if they didn't win they complain. You know cleaning of the city is a very difficult task. You have to have the manpower. "We want to be very transparent and make sure we follow due process. At the end of this bidding, we hope to achieve our aim, which is to be transparent, credible and fair. "We are not going to do anything that will truncate the exercise. This work is for the public and the Administration because we want to make sure that the city is well cleaned."

News Update

Malam Bello acknowledged and commended the good work of all health workers in FCT, especially for their efforts at combating the coronavirus.

Speaking to journalists last week at Asokoro District Hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment, Dr. Kawu explained that his journey to the isolation center began 12 days earlier when he experienced feverish conditions, prompting him to take the COVID-19 test which turned out positive.

Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, sounded the note of warning when he led an inter-departmental technical committee on inspection tour of some parts of the nation's capital city to assess the level of degradation perpetrated through activities of illegal developers

Chairman of the newly constituted FCT Ministerial Task Force on City Sanitation, Ikharo Attah handed the ultimatum during stakeholders' meeting with owners of businesses around the area on Monday.


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