Kwara state government has revealed the number of projects it want to embark on under the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) across the sixteen (16) local government areas in the state.
This was made known to the general public at the open bid that was conducted on Monday 29th of March 2021, at the SUBEB headquarters in Ilorin, in line with the directive of the state Governor
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s who said government contracts must adhere to public procurement process for transparency and accountability.
According the the Director Physical Planning Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWUBEB) Engr Sirajudeen Abdulsalam, said “We received about 973 bids across the categories of work we are doing. This involves two categories and five lots. All the works involved in the two categories cut across the 16 local government areas,”
“We will be rehabilitating whole schools in some areas while we will remodel some classrooms based on the need of the schools. We have construction of two classrooms across the 16 local government areas, which are in 83 locations. We have construction of three classrooms in 69 locations and four classrooms in 61 locations.”
On the whole school approach, Engr Abdulsalam disclosed that the state would also embark on remodelling of the entire schools in 24 locations across the three senatorial districts.
“So, depending on the population of the schools, we are rehabilitating about 1,553 classrooms across the 16 local government areas under the category and construction of toilets in 78 locations,” he said.
“We are also embarking on the construction of digital literacy centres in 40 locations while 89 boreholes will be sunk for schools in the state,” he added.
Chairman of the Kwara State Indigenous Contractors Association Alhaji Abubakar Alaya applauded AbdulRazaq for the transparent process employed in the bidding process.
“We are very happy with the approach employed by the Kwara State Government for this bidding process. We have been waiting for this day. We hope that this exercise will be fair to all,” he said.
Earlier, the Director Human Resource and Administration of KWSUBEB Mrs Gloria Adebisi said the bids were for years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 FGN-UBEC-SUBEB’s infrastructural renewal and educational development projects.
Kwara last accessed UBEC funds in 2013. The AbdulRazaq administration paid an outstanding debt of N450m and another counterpart funds of N7.1bn to get Kwara back to the good book of UBEC after years of official backlist.
The bid was declared open by the newly appointed Board Chairman of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board (KWSUBEB) Professor Sheu Adaramaja.