…Oyo State Has Accessed All Accrued Funds Till Date -Adeniran

…UBEC Attests To Oyo Govt’s Commitment To Education

No fewer than 453 local contractors participated in an open bidding for the construction/renovation of public schools and other facilities, recently advertised by the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, OYOSUBEB.

The Executive Chairman, OYOSUBEB, Dr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran, said that the bids were for 2020/2021 FGN-UBEC-SUBEB’s infrastructural renewal and educational development projects.

He added that the bid, conducted in the presence of the contractors and few government officials, at the premises of the Board, followed Governor Seyi Makinde’s directive about government contracts adhering to public procurement process for transparency and accountability.

Dr. Adeniran said that a total 223 projects were bidded for under the FGN-UBEC-SUBEB intervention project.

Applauding the present administration’s efforts in the education sector, Adeniran noted that in spite of the state government spending on various developmental projects in the areas of health, road construction, agriculture, social welfare and a host of others, which have been yielding positive results, the Board has also been able to roll out four-year intervention projects in three years of assumption of office.

Adeniran said, “His Excellency’s resilience in resuscitating the ailing standard of education in the state is highly commendable.

“This can be unequivocally stated as an unparalleled achievement that needs to be applauded.”

Stressing that the annual intervention fund runs to billions of naira, which is jointly and equally contributed by the state and Federal Governments for the development of basic education in the state, Adeniran hinted that Oyo State has accessed all the accrued funds till date, saying, “It should be accentuated that our state is doing brilliantly well in terms of developmental projects.”

Dr. Adeniran appreciated the state Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement and her team for their ethical proficiency in ensuring and sustaining the best practices of the Public Procurement Act.

He also applauded the efforts of the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, in facilitating free and qualitative basic education in a conducive learning environment for every Nigerian child, irrespective of their location in the entire country.

Speaking at the bid opening exercise, the representative of Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. (Mrs) Aisha Abdul, attested to Oyo State government’s commitment and passion to the basic education sector.

She applauded the efforts of the Board at ensuring transparency, fairness and accountability, which has not been compromised.

Dr. Abdul appealed to the successful contractors to follow the contract modalities and regulations guiding the projects.

The projects bidded for include: construction of 15 blocks of four classrooms; construction of 46 blocks of three classrooms; construction of five ECCDE Pilot Centres; construction of seven perimeter fences; renovation of 53 blocks of classrooms; sinking of 39 boreholes; and sinking of two deep wells.

Others are: procurement of 8,533 desks and benches, which has been broken into 56 lots; and procurement of 502 pairs of teachers’ tables and chairs.

The event was witnessed by representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education; Bureau of Public Procurement; Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS; and Nigeria Society of Engineers, NSE

Others present were: Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA; Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, NIESV; and Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning

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