The hammer of the Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) may soon fall on defaulting contractors handling the education board’s projects.
Such contractors, according to Niger State SUBEB, will have their contracts revoked and be blacklisted for failing to meet the prescribed standard and specification of award.
The Chairman of the board, Dr Isah Adamu, stated this on Tuesday in Minna at the bid-opening for first quarter Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and NSUBEB intervention fund projects.
Adamu, who was represented by Alhaji Umaru Alkali, Permanent member 1 of NSUBEB, said this was part of efforts to by the Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello administration to prioritise basic education in the state.
“We have all seen the transformation in our schools both at rural and urban centers across the state, it is indeed an inclusive legacy projects targeted at providing access to every child,” he said.
The chairman said that the board would monitor and supervise the projects and reward contractors that put in their best in the discharge of their task, adding that the bid opening would be devoid of any interest.
In her remarks, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, the state Commissioner for Education, cautioned the contractors against seeing the bids as a do or die affairs.
Salihu, who was represented by Alhaji Abubakar Balarabe, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, advised the winners of the bid to work in accordance with the specification of the contract.
Also speaking, Malam Auwal Mohammed, from the state Procurement Board, said the board would monitor and provide guidance to ensure that due process was followed in all procurement activities.
He lauded the board for always complying with the procurement rules and regulations, adding that contractors with complains should channel their complaints for transparency.
Mr Arewo Sunday, who spoke on behalf of the contractors, said they would do everything possible to deliver quality projects if allowed to execute the projects.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that officials from UBEC, Fiscal Responsibility Commission and the state Planning Commission graced the occasion.