By Nehemiah Gwamna – Lafia
Nasarawa State Coordinating Office, Nigerians Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP has concluded its bid opening exercise for the lnstallation of Automated Flood Early Warning Equipment.
The opening of the Bids for Procurement,lnstallation and Training of AFEWS was done at NEWMAP State Project Management Unit Office NAGIS Premises, Mararaba in Karu Local Government of the state.
Correspondent NEHEMIAH GWAMNA reports that the equipment are to be installed in Loko, Umaisha, Rukubi and Tunga communities located along River Benue.
The Bid opening exercise, which is one of the requirements for World Bank assisted projects to State Governments towards choosen the preferred bidder from prospective bids submitted for the project.
Welcoming Representatives of prospective firms who had submitted applications, National Procurement Officer, Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project NEWMAP, Barrister Omolo Muazu said they are in the state to open new bids for the Agency, World Bank and other developmental projects.
Barrister Omolo noted that the criteria for the projects is disclosed in the bidding document which would be used for evaluation, saying the bidding exercise done in the state was transparent.
Also speaking at the event Director General, Nasarawa State Bureau for Public Procurement, Doctor Dominic Bako appreciated the bidders for the interest they have in the project noting that he was impressed with the bidding process.
Doctor Bako commendef Governor Abdullahi Sule for ensuring that the Procurement Law was passed and assented to by the state Assembly.
On his part, State Project Coordinator NEWMAP, wasJonathan Kwaghkaha emphasized that part of their activities in the work plan is the lnstallation of Automated Flood Earlly Warning System Equipment that would help detect when flood would occur.
He assured the bidders of compliance with world bank guidelines during the evaluation process.
Some of the representatives of prospective firms Vera Tervah and lgo Alfred who spoke with Radio Nigeria Precious Fm commended NEWMAP for their transparency during the bidding exercise.
A total number of Nine firms submitted bids for the projects across the state.