Contractors hail Enugu government over transparent pre-qualification exercise

Acting permanent secretary in the ministry, Barr. Princess Ebere Nnaji(r) and other officials at the event on Thursday.

*Bid winners’ll get our contracts, assures works ministry

Contractors and service providers in Enugu State have lauded the state ministry of works and infrastructure for organizing open and transparent contract pre-qualification consolidation exercise.

The contractors, who participated in the exercise held at the state secretariat on Thursday, said such exercises could only deepen the faith government contractors have in the state government.

Some of the contractors, Ikem Chukwuemeka of Sinotech and Company Limited and Dr Ben Ikuteino of Uniben and Partners Services Limited described the state ministry of works and infrastructure as well organized and a mirror through which the people see how open and transparent the state government is.

Chukwuemeka said, “As a matter of fact, I must give kudos to the management of the Enugu State ministry of works and infrastructure. As usual, the process was once again transparent. It only deepens the belief people have in government. That’s very key”

Ikuteino assured on behalf of the other contractors that if awarded any contract, they would deliver quality projects and services.

He said: “I think the ministry of works and infrastructure is well organized.

My assurance is that if eventually my company’s bid is favoured, we will as usual deliver quality services to the government and people of Enugu State. We know that whatever the government is paying us is tax payers money. So, we won’t disappoint”.

The Director of Administration and acting permanent secretary in the ministry, Barr. Princess Ebere Nnaji, said the pre-qualification consolidation exercise was an exercise that “we normally conduct for our contractors and service providers annually. The exercise is for us to go through the documents that every service provider or contractor is expected to have for that person to be qualified to bid for any contract of any kind in Enugu State.

“Before you will qualify to do any contract in Enugu State, you must have to register with Enugu State government to be a contractor. So, once you register, you are qualified to come for pre-qualification consolidation exercise. During that time, our technical committee will go through all your documents and ensure that those documents are in tandem with what we needed for the services we want you to provide.

“So, if you’re not capable of providing those services, there’s no need coming here or we giving you any contract. We check your members of trustees and registrations and ensure that everything is accurate”.

She expressed satisfaction that all the contractors fulfilled the requirements and that the people that came were all happy at the end of the day.

“Therefore, it is our assurance that all qualified contractors will have equal and fair opportunity to bid for contracts. It will be open field and open contest and the winner gets it”, she assured.

In his contribution, the head of engineering in the office of the governor, Due Process and projects monitoring, Engr. Alex Ugwunnadi, expressed happiness that the process had been very transparent. 

“I’m glad by from the comments of the contractors that they’re happy with the process. It went peacefully and free and fair. That’s the aim of government to ensure that what is due for everyone is given to them”, Ugwunnadi said.

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