Barr. Richard Agu, Director, DG's Office declaring open the Procurement Bids Opening.
Barr. Richard Agu, Director, DG’s Office declaring open the Procurement Bids Opening.

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has opened bids for its procurement activities within the 2017 financial circle amidst a huge turnout of bidders, their representatives, recognized observers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as members of the public.

Addressing participants at the bid opening exercise which took place at the SON Corporate Headquarters in Abuja, the Director General, Mr. Osita Aboloma enumerated the core objectives of effective and efficient public procurement as including economy, efficiency, fair competition, value for money and transparency.

Represented by the Director in the DG’s Office, Barrister Richard Agu, the SON Chief Executive stressed that the Public Procurement Act 2007, provides for the attainment of those objectives by all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.

According to him, the bid opening was preceded by advertisements in two national newspapers and the Federal Tenders Journal on Monday, August 21, 2017 where all the criteria for pre-qualification were clearly spelt out. The SON DG admonished all the participants to exercise patience in the course of the bid opening given the volume which he said was over 600.

Mr. Aboloma stated that the evaluation sub-committee of the SON tenders board will immediately establish the qualifications of the contractors following which the responsive bidders would be invited for the financial bids opening soon.

He urged the participants to pay keen attention to the exercise and feel free to ask questions and make necessary observations and comments as the need may arise.

Commenting on the exercise, representatives of Civil Society Organisations present, commended the transparency of the process.

They expressed satisfaction at the high volume of the bids and the response of the bidders to the exercise which in their opinion may not have been envisaged by the SON Management.

The Civil Society representatives then advised that a bigger venue should be provided in future in view of the high level of interest that contractors have shown in SON procurement activities.

Among those present were the Executive Chairman of People Advocacy for Transparency and Accountability Initiative, Comrade Francis Bassey;  Director, Technical Operations of the Centre for Transparency Watch, Mr. Akpan Godwin, Messrs. Musbau Braimah Shehu of Fathima Foundation and Transparency Ambassadors and  Kenneth Igbekele Olabamiji, President, Cornerstone Liberty and Love Foundation.

A cross section of bidders, civil society organizations and other stakeholders present at the bid opening
A cross section of bidders, civil society organizations and other stakeholders present at the bid opening