The Cross River Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) on Thursday held a bid opening for 2020 UBE Intervention funds for the construction and rehabilitation of 32 projects in public schools in the state.
Declaring the bid process open in Calabar, Executive Chairman Dr. Stephen Odey expressed gratitude to Gov. Ben Ayade for providing the modalities for the board to access the UBE Intervention funds.
Odey reassured that fairness and transparency had always been the guiding principle of the Board and will remain the hallmark of all its dealings.
“We are following the National Procurement Act and the State Procurement Law.
“We are not just working without direction, we are very transparent; so if you followed the law and adhere to the qualification requirements then you should not have any problems, ” he said.
Odey, who was represented by Mr. Nkanu Egbula, a Director in SUBEB, advised successful contractors to execute quality jobs that will meet the required specifications within the duration of time allotted for the projects.
Speaking, the State Coordinator, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mrs. Gloria Lawani said UBEC’s role, asides from funding, was to monitor projects to ensure compliance to due process.
She enjoined contractors to prioritise the quality of the job.
The Director of Planning, Research, and Statistics of SUBEB, Mr. Augustine Ekereke said the UBE Intervention funds policy was to address the challenges in education mainly in access and quality.
He said the importance of the exercise cannot be overemphasized as funds are used to address the infrastructural needs in the school system through construction and rehabilitation of classroom blocks, lavatories, libraries amongst others.