115 contractors bid for 31 Kwara school contracts

Tunde Oyekola

About 115 local contractors on Wednesday participated in an open bid held for the renovation of 31 public schools recently advertised by the Kwara State Government. The exercise was in line with the directive of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on transparent procurement process.

Mariam Garba, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said the first phase of government intervention would involve eight first generation schools in the state undergoing comprehensive renovation while another 23 beneficiary schools were selected for the renovation of a number of blocks of classrooms/offices to ameliorate the poor infrastructural facilities in the schools.

A statement by Yakub Aliagan, Press Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, said the permanent secretary noted that the ministry would embark on the renovation of 31 public school projects which would be executed under 34 lots at the sum of N2,004,205,641.01.

“The infrastructure decay/deficit inherited is so enormous and cannot be immediately remedied due to the huge cost required. The present administration has therefore demonstrated courage in deciding to institute modalities for the gradual renovation of dilapidated structures and provision of essential facilities that will make public schools in the state conducive for teaching and learning,” Garba disclosed.

The formal bidding saw the ministry’s officials reading out the figures and other details of the bid, including the technical and financial parts of the proposals.

Some of the contractors who spoke with newsmen commended the state government for the transparency employed in the bidding process and for the confidence it has in local contractors.

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