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By Chris Ochayi
About 75 building firms have bidded for the concession of the 12 Federal highways below the Highway Development and Management Initiative, HDMI.
Recall that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had in December 2020, obtained the Certificate of Compliance for the Outline Business Case for the HDMI.
Julius Berger PlC, Dantata and Sawoe building firms have been amongst different notable firms that confirmed curiosity within the bidding course of at an occasion held on the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters, Abuja.
The Request for Qualification Bid Opening Ceremony signalled the graduation of the Value-Added Concession Evaluation Exercise.
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In his opening tackle, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Babangida Hussaini, listed the 12 roads to be concessioned below the primary part 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 famous that the Federal Government was dedicated to a clear, truthful and aggressive bidding course of for the 12 Pilot Road corridors earmarked for concession by way of the Value-Added Concession programme below the Highway Development and Management Initiative, HDMI, Project Life Cycle.
He stated, “The Ministry shall ensure that the procurement process is in line with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) act and approved Public-Private partnership guidelines.”
At the ceremony, the Value-Added Concession on-line portal was accessed for the primary time because the portal was opened to obtain submissions consistent with present pointers. It was revealed that 75 firms efficiently responded to the RfQ. The names and representatives of all the businesses/consortiums have been learn out and duly recorded.
Hussaini additional defined that each proponent who indicated curiosity at this Request for Qualification stage and meets the fundamental prequalification standards could be shortlisted and subsequently invited for the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.
Speaking on the initiative, the Head of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) of the Ministry, Mrs Abimbola Asein defined that the Highways Development & Management Initiative was created by the Ministry with the target to draw sustainable funding and funding within the growth of highway infrastructure and maximize using belongings alongside the suitable of means.
She defined that the rationale behind the personal sector engagement was to offer an alternate funding supply for highway growth and administration, pointing that the Ministry was working collectively with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFB&NP) amongst different stakeholders to see to the belief of the venture.
“The buy-in of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and the National Assembly had been obtained, and the nation is trying ahead to a strong procurement course of that can appeal to succesful concessionaires that can develop and handle these routes.
The Ag. Director-General of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Mr. Micheal Ohiani stated that the (ICRC), as a regulatory fee had issued a Certificate of Compliance to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to proceed with the procurement technique of the Value-Added concession below the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI).
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