As part of the moves aimed at fastracking infrastructural development and enhancing welfare of staff and students, the Management of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo has unveiled plans to embark on the execution of several capital projects in the institution.
These life-changing projects, estimated at the cost of one hundred and eighteen million, six hundred and forty thousands, four hundred and sixty-two naira, twenty-six kobo only, comprised furnishing of classrooms and offices, procurement of braille equipment and accessories, procurement of computer systems, accessories and furniture.
Other projects billed for execution were rehabilitation of the Old Administrative Block, Uncompleted Building (first and second floors) Phase II as well as campus roads.
These six projects would be executed through the funds allocated to the institution from the additional 2015 Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) capital project grant and income realised from the College's internally generated revenue (IGR).
The financial bid-opening exercise, which preceeded the award of the contracts to successful firms by the College, took place on Teusday, 27th February, 2018 and had in attendance representatives of the contracting firms, who scaled through the pre-qualification exercise held on Monday, 22nd January, 2018, which involved no fewer than 30 interested companies.
Some of the successful companies invited for the financial bid-opening exercise were Abytech Ventures Limited, Logkeg Engineering Limited, Island Expose Nigeria Limited and Soft and Fast Landing Company Nigeria Limited.
Others are A2 Nigeria Limited, Eled-Ilann Tizimo Nigeria Limited, Dafat Nigeria Limited, Bili Joe + Berger Nigeria Limited, Grande Bricks Ventures Limited and Sungafund Nigeria Limited respectively.
Also among the list of companies that participated in the exercise were Blue Fortune Company Nigeria Limited, BytePlus Nigeria Limited, Super "K" Builders Nigeria Limited and Golden CEC Resources Limited.
Preceding the financial-bid opening, the Provost of the College, Professor Olukoya Ogen in his remarks, explained that the conduct of the exercise was a clear demonstration of his administration's commitment to transparency.
He congratulated contracting firms that were able to scale through the screening exercise undertaken by the College after the submissions of pre-qualification documents, and reiterated the resolve of his administration to continue to exhibt fairness, equity and accountability in the award of contracts in the institution.
The provost expressed appreciation to representatives of professional bodies present at the occasion for partnering with the College in ensuring the success of the exercise.
Meanwhile, the successful holding of the financial bid-opening exercise in the College elicited reactions from one of the representatives of professional bodies present at the occasion.
Speaking after observing the exercise, the chairman, Ondo State Chapter of the Nigeria Institute of Architect (NIA), Mr Wale Adelowo described it as transparent and worthy of emulation.
The Ondo State chair of NIA also commended the College for the preparation and orderly conduct of the exercise.
While stressing the need for companies participating in financial bidding in any organisation to always adhere strictly to the required specifications, Adelowo said such step would fast track the process and prevent unnecessary delay during the conduct of the exercise.
The climax of the exercise held at the New Centre For Educational Technology (CET) Building was the presentation of attendance paper to representatives of invited companies by the College Acting Director of Procurement, Mrs. Aderonke Esrom.
Important personalities who attended the event included the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde; the Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede; the Bursar, Mr Ganiyu Abdul and; Mrs. Afolabi Adeola Fausat, who represented the Acting College Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Also present were the Director of Physical Planning, Works and Services (DPPWS), Mr Babatunde Francis Ajayi, staff from the DPPW&S, Procurement Committee members, Service Compact (Servicom) Unit, Information and Public Relations Unit, Provost's Office, Centre for Educational Technology (CET), among others.