BY GODWIN ORITSE
LAGOS— Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, has queried the Minister of Transport and Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, over a petition by one of the bidders of the Calabar River dredging project.
Messrs Dredging and Reclamation Jan De Nul had petitioned BPP, alleging that NPA re-invited previously disqualified firms to re-bid for the same project.
It will be recalled that VanOord and Westminster Dredging were disqualified for failure to submit bond security alongside their bids.
The petitioner noted that Van Oord also had the highest bid of E139574million
In the query by BPP’s Director-General, Emeka Ezeh, it called on the minister and NPA’s Managing Director to react to the petition and forward their reply to it.
Messrs Dredging and Reclamation had alleged that after having quoted the lowest bid, it requested for information on the procurement, a request NPA refused to supply.
The query read, “this is forwarding the attached self explanatory letter from Messrs Dredging and Reclamation, petitioning the procurement process initiated by the NPA. In the letter under reference Messrs Dredging and Reclamation alleged amongst others that they submitted the lowest tender in the sum of E79million and had requested for information in regards to the procurement but NPA had not responded.
“It is understood that the procurement of such magnitude would go to the Bureau for the issuance of Certificate of “NO Objection” wherein the issues raised by the petitioner will critically reviewed,” it added.