A complete of 75 firms are bidding for 12 federal roads to be concession beneath the primary part of the Highway Development Management Initiative (HDMI).
Mrs Abimbola Asein, Head Public Private Partnership (PPP) Unit of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, disclosed this on the opening of Request For Qualification (RFQ) bid on Tuesday
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) stories that the HDMI was created by Federal Government to develop and handle the federal Road community via sustainable Private-Sector funding.
The 12 roads to be concession beneath the primary part of the HDMI are: Benin – Asaba, Abuja – Lokoja; Kaduna – Kano; Onitsha – Owerri – Aba; Sagamu – Benin; Abuja – Keffi – Akwanga; Lokoja – Benin; Enugu – Port Harcourt; Ilorin – Jebba; Lagos – Ota – Abeokuta; Lagos – Badagry; and Kano – Shuari – Potiskum – Damaturu.
The initiative is aimed toward creating different sources of financing highway improvement and administration within the nation whereas unlocking the huge financial potential of the challenge routes with attendant job creation.
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Asein mentioned that the opening of the portal for the submission of utility for the bid would be certain that credible concessionaires have been chosen for the event and administration of the federal roads via sustainable personal sector funding.
“It is a two stage procurement course of, we’ve got the RFQ; that’s this part now that we’re opening the bid for.
“And then we’ve got the Request For Procurement (RFP); the individuals which were pre-qualified will now be open to bid for the 12 highway corridors which were recognized.
“Seventy-five firms have been profitable for pre-qualified so we’re going to undergo the paperwork that have been submitted by these individuals.
“Then if they are successful, they go on to the next stage which is RFP stage,” Asein mentioned.
She added that profitable RFQ bidders can be contacted after which Bidders Conference can be held preparatory to the RFP.
The head of PPP famous that authorities got here up with the HDMI to release bodily burden on authorities for competing priorities.
“So a lot is being done on the federal highways as we speak, so we need more to be done and in that we are inviting the private sector to participate in delivering good roads to Nigerians,” she mentioned.
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Babangida Husseini, Permanent Secretary within the ministry, in his deal with, mentioned federal authorities was dedicated to a clear, truthful and aggressive bidding course of all through the HDMI Project Life Circle.
He was optimistic that everybody who indicated curiosity on the RFQ stage would meet the fundamental pre-qualification standards and have been pre-qualified for the RFP stage.
“The nation is looking forward to a robust procurement process that will usher in the much needed concessionaires that will develop and manage these routes, while recouping their investment through till and non till revenue sources,” the perm sec mentioned.
NAN recollects that the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, obtained the Certificate of Compliance for the Outline Business Case for the HDMI in December 2020.
This was adopted by the official launching of the E-portal (https://hdmi.worksandhousing.gov.ng) on 29 March, 2021.
Applications have been obtained from potential concessionaires in response to the Request for Qualification (RfQ).
In attendance on the event have been representatives of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), NGO Network,amongst others.
Vanguard News Nigeria