Provost advocates transparency in contract awards

The Provost of Adeyemi college of Education Ondo, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, has advocated the need for transparency in the award of contracts saying the move would promote fairness and equity in the country.

Prof. Ogen made the statement in the College on Monday April 18, 2006 during the holding of pre-qualification and tender opening for companies who responded to the advertisement for execution of jobs in the institution.

The advertisement is for pre-qualification and tender opening for years 2012 – 2014 (Merged) Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TEFUND) Intervention in Library development in the College.

The projects advertised which were in six categories include procurement and installation of scanners, coloured printer, HP Printer, Coloured Photocopier and Computer Systems; Installation of split Air conditioner, Standing Air Conditioners, Central Inverter, Stabilizer, Solar Power System and Construction of fuel tank.

Others were Installation of circular desk, serial desk, set of computer tables, chairs, Librarian tables and chairs; Installation of Guillotine (Polar) Machine and Electric drilling machine; procurement of kick step tools, Book end, Pamphlet boxes, modern shelves, Newspaper display rack, magazine display shelves, textbook display shelves and journal display rack as well as procurement of books, journal D-Space soft ware and cataloguing tools.

While reiterating his commitment to openness, transparency and fairness, Prof. Ogen, observed that the prequalification and Tender opening exercise, which was done in line with the laid down rules and regulation given by TETFUND and Bureau of Public procurement (BPP), is a continuation of the process which started long time ago and the application of e-procurement in line with government policy.

He commended all the contractors who applied for the jobs and assured that his administration would continue to exhibit transparency and fairness in all its activities in the institution.

Also in his brief remark, the College Director of Physical Planning, Works and Services (DPPWS), Mr. Babatunde Francis Ajayi, said that the prequalification and Tender Opening exercise, which was preceded with advertisement placement was done in line with directive from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

While assuring of equity and fairness, the College DPPWS however, stated that every criteria stated in the advertisement would be used in selecting qualified contractors.

The exercise which began with prequalification of qualified contractors was later followed with opening of tenders presented by those who scaled through the prequalification screening.

Speaking at the end of the exercise one of the representatives of the participating companies, Holladson Nigeria Limited Mr. Tunde Kalejaye, commended the College and lauded the Provost of the institution, Prof. Olukoya Ogen for ensuring transparency in the conduct of the exercise adding that the College by its actionhas set a standard for other institutions to emulate.

The event which was held at the College Council Chamber was witnessed by representative of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Kolawole Akinwale who stood in for Akure Branch Chairman of the professional body, Engineer Babajide Atandeyi.

Others present were College Principal Officers including the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; Registrar, Mr. Felix Eniola Aderinboye; Bursar, Mr. Ganiyu Abdul and Acting Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.

Also in attendance was Chairman, Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) in the College, Mrs. Victoria Omolabake Akindehin; representatives of TETFUND; Officially from College Directorate of Physical Planning Works and Services as well as Head, Information and Public Relations Unit, Mr. Moses Akinfolarin