75 companies bid for 12 federal highways’ concession

No fewer than 75 construction companies Tuesday bidded for the concession of the 12 federal highways under the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI).

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had in December 2020, received the Certificate of Compliance for the Outline Business Case for the HDMI.

Julius Berger, Dantata and Sawoe construction companies were among other notable companies that showed interest in the bidding process at an event held at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing headquarters, Abuja.

In his address, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, listed the 12 roads to be concessioned under the first phase of the HDMI as: Benin – Asaba, Abuja – Lokoja; Kaduna – Kano; Onitsha – Owerri – Aba; Shagamu – Benin; Abuja – Keffi – Akwanga; Lokoja – Benin; Enugu – Port Harcourt; Ilorin – Jebba; Lagos – Ota – Abeokuta; Lagos – Badagry; and Kano – Shuari – Potiskum – Damaturu.

 Hussaini assured of a transparent, fair and competitive bidding process, adding that the contract would be awarded to bidders who satisfy all the prequalification criteria.

He said: “I am excited to be part of the HDMI Request For Qualification   (RFQ) bid opening ceremony which signals the commencement of the Value Added Concession (VAC) Evaluation Exercise. The ministry is committed to a transparent, fair, and competitive bidding process throughout the HDMI Project life Cycle.

“The 12 pilot road corridors have been earmarked for concession and they are considered very viable.  The ministry shall ensure that at the end of the whole procurement processes and in line with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) and Public –Procurement Acts, the concession contract shall only be awarded to bidders who, having satisfied the prequalification criteria, submits the most technically and economically comprehensive bid’’.

Also, the Head, Public Private Partnership (PPP)at the ministry, Ms. Abimbola Asein, assured  that the bidding process would not only be transparent but also credible.

She said: “ I wish to use this opportunity to reassure our proponents that the process of the bid evaluation will not only be transparent, but credible as all proponents that meet the extant criteria would be prequalified. As I speak, all that is needed for a successful evaluation exercise have been put in place’’.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Evaluation Committee for the bidding process, who is also the Director, Procurement at the ministry,  Mr Yusuf Arugongo,  had said the technical and financial capacity of the bidders will be put into consideration, noting that the whole exercise will be transparent for scrutiny.

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