No fewer than 400 contractors are competing to participate in the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) capital projects for 2016.
According to the Corporation, the bidders are bidding for alternative revenue streams “like canteens, clubs and car parks, communication centres and others; the disposal of scrap metals and other capital projects.’’
The Deputy Director in charge of the corporation’s procurement, Ben Iloanusi, disclosed this at the official unveiling of documents’ screening for the bidders at its headquarters in Lagos.
Mr. Iloanusi, who said that the exercise was an official opening of documents submitted by bidders, added that the corporation had not commenced evaluation.
“The management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation is officially conducting a tender’s bid opening, an hour after the closing of submission of tender-bid documents.’’
Mr. Iloanusi said that NRC invited newsmen and non-governmental organizations to witness the event to ensure transparency and in compliance with the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.
“We are not evaluating yet or authenticating documents; we are only opening documents and confirming what the bidders have. The reason for this is for transparency,’’ he said.
NAN reports that in July, the NRC management published in some national dailies and federal tenders’ journal an invitation for technical and financial tender’s bids as required by law.
Mr. Iloanusi said the date for evaluation and authentication of documents would be made public after this exercise.
Mr. Iloanusi said that bidders who failed to include relevant documents in their tender’s bids would not be shortlisted for evaluation.
He said that the exercise had become necessary to enhance fairness, openness, transparency and professionalism.