By Chukwuemeka Opara
A total of 15 contractors have failed to successfully defend their various bids to execute jobs at the National Obstetrics Fistula Centre (NOFIC), Abakaliki, an official has said.
Dr Sunday Adeoye, Chief Medical Director of the centre, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki.
Adeoye said the centre turned down the contractors’ bids because they fell short of the centre’s contract execution standards, non-submission of current tax clearance certificates, among others.
“We are disappointed that out of about 22 contractors who bided for various jobs at the centre, only seven met the procurement standard.
“Most of them failed to submit their current tax clearance certificates which is one of the main requirement for bidding selection.
“Most of them also failed to attach relevant documents, including court affidavits of various claims, in their applications,” he said.
He said that the contractors were directed to submit their tax clearance certificates from 2013 to 2015, but most of them failed to adhere to the directive.
“Most of them submitted only one year tax clearance certificate while others failed to submit their 2015 PENCOM certificates.
“We cannot accept inadequate bidding requirements as we showed the unsuccessful bidders areas they fell short of required standard,” he said.
He noted that the submission of court affidavits to back claims was a new regulation by the Federal Government to check the submission of non-genuine documents.
“This centre believes in due process and that is why we thoroughly screen contract bidding to ensure compliance with set standards,” he said.