ByÂ Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”IN its determination to provide potable water to its citizens,Â the Edo State government has earmarked the sum of 371.9 million for the supply of two brand new Dando Watertec 24 mobile Borehole Drilling Rigs.
In a statement signed by Catherine Uwagboe, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources in Benin City yesterday, the government said the procurement was a follow up to the approval of the state executive council after due deliberation, which took cognizance of the water situation in the state.
The government added that the contracting firm is expected to deliver the products within three months after mobilization to the tune of 70% of the contract sum.
She further explained that the procurement was aimed at fulfilling the campaign promises of Governor Oshiomhole who promised to break the jinx of acute water shortage in the state, particularly the Esan Plateau where prospect for water has become a nightmare because of the depth which runs into hundreds of metres before water is got.
In a related development, theÂ Ministry of Energy and Water Resources yesterday commenced the opening of Bid/Tender for contracts in the state Urban Water Board.
Speaking at the bidding ceremony which took place at the premises of the Urban Water Board, the state Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, Mr. Alex Okoh, said the exercise was aimed at following due process and transparency in the award of government contracts in line with best practices.
He statedÂ that the exercise of choosing the winner of the contract would be subjected to a lot of criteria, advising that everyone should abide by theÂ out come of the evaluation.
However, he promised to ensure that the ministry/boardâ€™s technical committee would do its best to select bidders that meet all the criteria stipulated, and hopes that all will accept the final verdict.
In her remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Mrs. Edo Osagie, reiterated that the occasion was for contractors who bidded for the 2009 electricity and water supply projects in the ministry.
She stated that the contractors have been requested to provide tax clearance for three years, and evidence of registration as contractors in the appropriate category with the urban water board and rural electrification board.