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September 14, 2019

Better Travel Experience, More Jobs Ahead As FEC Approves N166b Contracts For Construction,Rehabilitation Of 14 Roads Nationwide

*  Abia, Kano, Edo, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Imo  among 11 beneficiary States and the FCT
*  Over 3,000 employment opportunities to be generated during contract execution with Nigerians taking major share of available direct jobs
*  Roads to open up settlements, provide access and improve socio-economic lives of beneficiary communities

In furtherance of its commitment to improve the nation’s transportation infrastructure and restore its road network as a means to create employment and boost the economy, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the award of N166 billion contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 14 roads nationwide.

The approval, which is sequel to a memorandum by the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN to the Council, was, according to the document dated September 3, 2019, sought by the Ministry in line with the objectives of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government one of which is to open up settlements and provide access for the evacuation of goods and services nationwide.

Roads listed for the award, according to the memorandum, include the Kotangora-Rijau Road in Niger State which will involve the construction of two bridges, Kano-Katsina Roads which involves the construction of additional lane from the Airport Roundabout to Dawanau Roundabout in Kano State, Kotangora-Bangi Road in Niger State and the Outer Marina-Bonny Camp Road and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramp in Lagos State.

Also on the list are Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwessan Road in Edo State which is slated for rehabilitation, Ilobu - Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States billed for construction, construction of Wudil Bridge to link Gaban Komi with Wudil bypass along Maiduguri Road in Kano State, Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State billed for rehabilitation and construction of Baro-Port Gulu Town Road in Niger State.

Others are Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road in Jigawa State slated for rehabilitation, Aba-Owerri Road and NNPC Expressway in Abia State also billed for rehabilitation, Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road in Yobe State billed for rehabilitation, two outstanding sections of Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States also for reconstruction and the construction of Yaba-Yangogi Road in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the Memorandum, the contract for the construction of two bridges, Lioji and Gulbin-Boka Bridges at Kotangora-Rijau Road will be executed by Messrs Nael & Bin Harmal Hydroexport Nigeria Limited at a contract cost of N1.13 billion with a completion period of 12 months while the construction of additional lane on Kano-Katsina Road in Kano will be executed by Messrs Zerock Construction Nigeria Limited within a period of 24 months at the cost of N9.5billion.

The reconstruction of Kotangora-Bangi Road in Niger State will be executed by Messrs CBC Global Civil & Building Construction Nigeria Limited within 48 months at the cost of N20.4 billion, while the rehabilitation of Outer Marina-Bonny Camp Road and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramps will be done by Messrs CCECC with a completion date of 12 months at the cost of N9.3 billion.

The rehabilitation of Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwessan Road in Edo State is awarded to Messrs Mikky-Tai Engineering & Construction Limited/Messrs Rodnab Construction JV at the contract cost of N4.6 billion, with a completion date of 12 months while Messrs IAC Allied Technical and Construction Company Limited will construct the Ilobu-Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States within 36 months at the cost of N18.042 billion. 

While Messrs Triacta Nigeria Limited will construct the Wudil Bridge along Maiduguri Road in Kano State within a period of 15 months at the cost of N2.6 billion, the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State will be done by China Worldwide Limited within a period of 18 months at the cost of N12.31billion.

Messrs GR Building & Construction Nigeria Limited will construct the Baro-Port-Gulu Town Road in Niger State within a period of 24 months at N10.62 billion, while the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road in Jigawa will be done by Messrs H & M Nigeria Limited within a period of 24 months at the cost of N25.04 billion.

While Messrs Roudo Nigeria Limited  is to rehabilitate the Aba-Owerri Road, NNPC Expressway in Abia State within 18 months at the cost of N6.1 billion, Messrs JM & A’S/Lubell Nigeria Limited will construct Yaba-Yangogi Road in the FCT within 24 months at the cost of N17.31 billion, while Messrs Rick Rock Construction Limited will complete the rehabilitation of the Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road in Yobe State within a 28 months at the cost of N17 billion.

Messrs IIC Construction Company Limited/Wiz China Worldwide Engineering Limited who are to rehabilitate two outstanding sections of Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States within a period of 18 months, will receive N12.8 billion as payment on completion of the project.

In terms of job creation, the rehabilitation of two outstanding sections of the Oba-Nnewi-Arondizuogu-Okigwe Road in Imo/Anambra States will generate between 150 and 200 jobs while the construction of Yaba-Yangogi Road in the FCT will generate no less than 250 jobs.

While the rehabilitation of Kaleyeri-Damaturu Road will generate employment for 200 to 250 persons, the rehabilitation of Aba-Owerri Road, NNPC Depot Expressway in Abia State will provide employment for no less than 150 people and the rehabilitation of Ajingi-Jahun-Kafin Hausa Road is billed to generate between 250 and 300 jobs.

The Memorandum also shows that the rehabilitation of Baro Port-Gulu Town Road in Niger State will generate about 250 jobs and the rehabilitation of Wukari-Ibi Road in Taraba State will provide jobs for no less than 500 people. The construction of Wudil Bridge to link Gaban Komi with Wudil Bypass on Maiduguri Road in Kano State will produce between 100 and 150 jobs.

Also no less than 500 people will be employed for the construction of Ilobu-Erinle Road in Kwara/Osun States and between 100 and 120 workers in the rehabilitation of Irrua-Edenu-Ibore-Udomi-Uwassan Road in Edo State while the rehabilitation of the Outer Marina-Bonny Camp and Eko Bridge through Apongbon Bridge with Access Ramps is expected to generate between 200 and 250 jobs.

The Construction of two bridges at the Kotangora-Rijau Road, according to the Memorandum, will generate employment for about 100 people and the construction of Additional lane from Airport Roundabout to Dawanau Roundabout  along Kano-Katsina Road will provide jobs for between 250 to 300 people while the reconstruction of Kotangora-Banji Road in Niger State will provide jobs for between 300 and 350 people.

The Scope of Works to be covered in each of the Projects were clearly itemized, while the Minister also gave extensive details of the procurement processes which the participating Companies went through that culminated in the certification and issuance of a Due Process Certificate of “ No Objection” for each of the 14 Projects by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).

BPP Should Publish Its Rates The attention of the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing has been drawn to headlines from reports credited to the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) about its having “...saved over N26 billion...” for the Federal Government in the year 2018 by revising down “inflated” contract sums by Government Contractors some of which emanated from the erstwhile Ministry of Power Works and Housing. Being a department of the same Government, ordinarily this should not warrant a reply; however the misleading nature of the Reporting in the media and the statements credited to BPP compel a response for the purposes of clarification and enlightenment of the public. Any person who takes time to read the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, which created the BPP will understand that no contract can be awarded until BPP certifies that it has NO OBJECTION. Therefore there was no INFLATED contract because BPP clearly stated that it reduced the costs, and according to BPP she “… saved over N26 Billion…” And this is the heart of the matter, because BPP’s “ savings” can only be a SUBJECTIVE assessment based on rates quoted by contractors, reviewed by the Ministry , and sent to BPP for certification. Until BPP publishes its rates which the then Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has demanded in writing, there can be no OBJECTIVE basis for determining whether any SAVINGS  were indeed made if only BPP knows its own Rates for procurement. Once rates are published and design is known, quantities can be ascertained and costs can be determined. This is the field of Quantity Surveyors and Construction Economists, and the Minister of Works and Housing has not made any secret about his call for a revision of the Public Procurement Act to resolve this and other gaps in the Law. Indeed, during the first term of this Administration, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing had commissioned the compilation of a service wide Rate of major items of procurement from the largest to the smallest for BPP to consider, adopt or amend and publish. This is the type of Reform that the Minister advocates and welcomes to improve uniformity, Transparency, Accountability and value for money in public procurement.
September 10, 2019
FG To Operationalize Weighbridges The Honourable Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Ragi Fashola SAN has disclosed that the first set of weigh bridges will be rolled out across the Country to protect Nigerian roads by guarding against excess cargo weights.. The Minister made this disclosure when he received the Board members of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency,(FERMA) led by its Chairman, Mr Babatunde Lemo in his office. While acknowledging FERMA’s mandate to maintain roads, Fashola urged them to pay more attention to the protection of road while carrying out the maintenance. He warned road users against willful damage of roads through overloading. He also said thatonce the weigh bridges were in place, excess loads would be offloaded and owners surcharged. He noted that the country was at the peak of the raining season where the roads were prone to damages. The Minister explained that, the consequences of bad weather were harmful to every country's infrastructure architecture leaving behind devastating effectsand assured that the government was aware of these challenges and responding to them, even though the rains have slowed down activities in the construction sector generally. While urging FERMA to collaborate more with the Federal Controllers of Works in the state to improve the quality of Nigerian roads, he also promised to empower the Controllers to take ownership and full responsibility of the Ministry's strategy of road protection to secure lives and properties, adding that FERMA should leverage on the wealth of experience of these controllers in road repairs and maintenance. In the words of Fashola, "Maintenance of highways is very crucial to government, as this would facilitate economic growth and job creation. FERMA is an important component of the government strategy for maintaining the road network". Earlier, the FERMA Board Chairman, Mr  Babatunde Lemo assured the Minister of the Board’s continuing partnership and collaboration with the Ministry to attain its objective He requested the Ministry to factor in the Agency's role in all road investments, stressing the need for the Ministry's continuous support in ensuring adequate appropriations and budget releases from time to time. Among the team from the Ministry that received the Governing Board Members were: the Minister of State Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, the Permanent Secretary Alhaji Mohammad Bukar as well as the management staff of the Ministry.
September 10, 2019
Fashola Warns Against Use Of Fake Facebook Account In His Name …Urges members of the public not to fall victim of the antics of scammers The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has again disclaimed as fake a Facebook account set up in his name alongside his picture warning members of the public against being deceived by dupes and scammers. Fashola, who on several occasions in the past disclaimed such fake accounts, reiterated that his verified Facebook account remains @BABATUNDEFASHOLA. With several reported and deleted in the past , the latest addition to the fake accounts set up in the former Lagos State Governor’s name along with his picture reads “FasholaRajiFashola” and the scammers wrote that the Federal Government was giving out the sum of N700,000 to youths and young adults to enable them pay school fees, set up businesses and invest in businesses, among others. Part of the publication written in very poor English by the scammers read, “All the Nigeria Citozings of All the and Local Government in Nigeria Are Beneficiary of the Federal Government Money Enpwoerment to Empower the Youth to Pay There School.  Adult to do Business Etc. Contact Number 09035339533). Good News…To All Nigeria Youth and Adult… Federal Government is Giving Out N700,000 Free Cash Transfer To All To Empower the Youth Further Their Educations, Open Good Business and Learn Good Works. Call Mr. Adebayo Kola , the Federal Government Cashier on 09035339533. All the Nigerian Citizens of All the States and Local Governments …” According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr. Hakeem Bello, the Minister described as unfortunate the fact that despite repeated warnings and disclaimers, certain unscrupulous elements still engage in the act of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public through different social media platforms falsely linked to him. The call, he said, coming perhaps for the umpteenth time, had become necessary in view of the increasing activities of the scammers . Advising members of the public to always clarify with the appropriate agencies of government at all levels before engaging in any dealings with people purportedly working for them, the statement urged people to report to the law enforcement agencies so that those involved in the nefarious acts could be brought to justice.
September 1, 2019
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
August 22, 2019

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF POWER, WORKS & HOUSING
(WORKS & HOUSING SECTOR)
HEADQUARTERS, MABUSHI, ABUJA

INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION/EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EoI) FOR WORKS , GOODS  AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES
1.0    INTRODUCTION

The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Works & Housing Sector) intends to execute some capital projects as provided for in the 2019 Appropriation Act, in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007. The Ministry, therefore, invites interested and competent Contractors, Suppliers and Consultants to submit Technical and Expression of Interest (EoI) documents for the execution of Year 2019 Projects:

2.0    SCOPE OF WORKS/ASSIGNMENTS
Details of the Scope of Works/Assignments are contained in the Bid Documents. The projects were grouped/categorized into A to F, respectively. Bidders are therefore, requested to submit their respective Technical/EoI documents for the categories chosen on the basis of the specific requirements for each project as categorized and specified in Sections 4.0 of this publication.The projects are listed in the table below:

LOT PROJECT TITLE
  CATEGORY ‘A’: ROADS & BRIDGES
A.1 Dualisation of Akure to Ado Ekiti Road in Ondo /Ekiti States
A.2 Construction of Ukana –AkpaUtong-Ikot Ntuen Road Akwa Ibom State
A.3 Rehabilitation of Achingali- Udoobiz-Udo-Na-Umumwana-Ubakala Road including Bridge Across Imo River in Imo State
A.4 Rehabilitation of Sokoto-Illela (Nigeria)-Birnin Konni (Niger Republic) Road in Sokoto State 
A.5 Construction of Iluke – AiyetoroKiri – Abugi – Eggan Road, Kogi State
A.6 Construction of Bama – Gulumba – Rann Road
  CATEGORY ‘B’: ROADS & BRIDGES
B.1 Rehabilitation of Odo –OnaElewe Idiayunre- Mamu Ogun State Border in Oyo State
B.2 Construction of Tamawa-Gulu Road in Kano State Phase 3: Maigari – Gulu Section
  CATEGORY ‘C’: OTHER ROAD & BRIDGES
C.1 Construction/Rehabilitation of Roads and Bridges in the Six (6) Geo-Political Zones
  CATEGORY ‘D’:
D.1 Rehabilitation /Restoration of Federal Government Secretariat and other Federal Government Buildings in selected States/FCT
D.2 Construction/Completion of Additional Facilities, Supply and Installation of Workshop Equipment in Training Schools and Workshops Nationwide
D.3 Fencing of Federal Government Lands  and other Properties in Selected States
D.4 Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Project: Provision of Motorized/Solar Powered Boreholes in Selected States
D.5 Urban Renewal and Slum Upgrading Project: Construction and Rehabilitation of Roads, Culverts and External Drainage Works in selected States/FCT
D.6 Provision of Infrastructure (Roads & Drains, Water and Electricity Supply) in the New Town in FCT
D.7 Construction of Roads, Drainages, Culverts and Erosion Control, Class Room Blocks, VIP Toilets, Primary Health Care/ Maternity, Skills Acquisition/ Civic/Community Centres, Pavilion, Boreholes/Hand Pumps, Water Treatment and Sanitation,  Provision of Electrification/Solar Street Lighting, Transformers, etc
D.8 Maintenance of Electrical System, High Tension / Low Tension Network Assembly and Retrofitting of Public Building with Renewable Energy at Headquarters and Field Offices 
D.9 Provision of Engineering Workshop Tools (Mechanical, Electrical, Water and Structural Tools), Generators and others
D.10 Maintenance of Fire Fighting Equipment, Air conditioners and Water/Plumbing System in Headquarters and Selected Field Offices 
D.11 Construction of Internal and External Directional Posts and Display Boards
D.12 Installation / Rehabilitation and Sustenance of Street Light
D.13 Provision of Road Signages and other Road Furniture on Federal Highways - Consultancy
D.14 Relocation of Utilities (Water Lines, Telecommunications, Electrical Installations and Other Facilities) on Road Projects
  CATEGORY ‘E’: GOODS
E.1 Procurement of Poverty Alleviation & Skills Acquisition Starter Packs
E.2 Acquisition of GIS Equipment, Satellite Imageries, Digital Survey and Data Mining Software for Urban Planning and Surveying activities,
E.3 Procurement of Computer Hardware, Accessories, Consumables  and Software/e-Books, Office Furniture/fittings, Generating  SetStationery,   Photographic/Topographic/  Workshop/Material Testing Equipment and Acquisition  of Medical Equipment/Drugs etc
  CATEGORY ‘F’: CONSULTANCY AND OTHER SERVICES
F.1 Engineering Design & Supervision of  Highway  Roads and Bridges Projects Nationwide
F.2 Consulting and  Professional Services:
  * Training and Capacity Building,
  * ICT Related Services:  Website Development/ Deployment, Software Acquisition/ Projects, e-library/ e-Law Library, Electronic Document Management System/Digitalization
  * Insurance and Actuarial Services
  * Mapping, Studies & Report Preparation and Monitoring & Evaluation  Advisory Exercises and Project Management/Advisory Services
  * Sensitization Exercises, Publicity/ Enlightenment Programme/Documentaries Making, 
  * Maintenance of   ICT/Office Equipment, etc.
  * Facility Management:- Security and Cleaning Services
  * Printing of Non- Security Documents  (Manual Reports, Files, Letter Head Papers)  etc.
  * Inventory and Condition Assessment of Public Buildings Nationwide
F.3 Development and Hosting of the Harmonized Interactive Web Portal, Design and Development of Road Access Management Systems (RAMS) and e-Registry Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) for Lands Department
F.4 Design and Development of Road Access Management System (RAMS) Using Geographic Information System (GIS) including Digitization for Online Road Management in the Country
F.5 Consultancy Services for Development and Management of Highways
F.6 Consultancy Service for the Engagement  of Transaction Advisory Services for Private Public Partnership (PPP) Projects 
F.7 Slum Identification & Mapping In Selected Cities Of Abuja (FCT) & Ibadan (Oyo State) 
F.8 Acquisition of Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) Data Base Software / Digitization and Expansion of HRM Registry
F.9 Conduct Baseline Studies on Land Governance and Tenure Structure, Realistic Land Values/Compensation, Demand notice preparation, Resonance Survey and Inventorisation of Federal Government Lands
F.10 Perimeter, Topographic, Layout Survey and as-Built Survey of Federal Government Land/properties in Selected States 
F.11 Conversion of Analogue Spatial Data to Digital Format in the Six (6) Geo – Political Zones
F.12 Up-Grading of Cadastral Geographic Information System (CADGIS) Laboratory and Operationalization of Federal Land Data Base System  at Headquarters &Zonal Headquarters
F.13 Preparation of Physical Development,  Resilience Plansand Master Plan, Physical Development Standards, Guideline and Bye Laws Booklet, Regeneration of City Resilience/ Strength, Need Assessment and Slum Identification Reports in Selected States
F.14 Training and Capacity Development in Auto/Cad and AroGIS Applications for Urban and Regional Planning, Capacity Building for Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Builders and Town Planners in Computer Aided Designs and Standardization and Project Management
F.15 Consultancy Anchor ship and Facilitating the Training of Professionals, (Artisan, Craftsmen etc)
F.16 Building Energy Efficiency Code (BEEC) and Guidelines (BEEG)
F.17 Domestication of UN-HABITAT Guidelines, Plans and Human Capacity Development of Core Staff for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Nigeria

3.0    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

3.1    The Ministry, in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 and the Public Procurement Regulations for Works, Goods and Services, will carry out pre-qualification/shortlisting of companies/consultants that respond to this advertisement based on the following requirements:

 *  Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued byCorporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Forms CAC2 and CAC7;
 *  Evidence of Company’s current Annual returns to CAC for categories A, B & C;
 *  Evidence of Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) for the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018) valid till 31st December, 2019.
 *  Evidence of current Pension Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;
 *  Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;
 *  Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019;
 *  Evidence of Registration on the BPP’s National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of a valid Certificate of Registration or Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/01/2020;
 *  Unabridged Company Audited Annual Report for the immediate past three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);
 *  For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (CAC, TCC, Pension Compliance Certificate, ITF Compliance Certificate, NSITF Compliance Certificate, IRR &  Sworn Affidavit are compulsory for each JV partner)
 *  A Sworn Affidavit:
1. disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Works and Housing Sector) or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars;
2. that no Partner/Director has been convicted in any country for criminal offences related to fraudulent or corrupt practices, or criminal misrepresentation or falsification of facts relating to any matter;
3. that the company does not at the time of this bid have any existing loan or financial liability with a bank, other financial institutions or third party that is classified as doubtful, non-performing, bad or whose repayment portion has been outstanding for the last three months
4. that all the submitted documents are GENUINE AND UP TO DATE;
 *  Evidence of Particulars of Directors;

3.2    Local Content, Safety and Social Responsibility for Categories A to C

i)      Indicate the quantum of verifiable employment to be generated stating projected numbers and specialties for skilled (Professional) and unskilled (Non-professional) Manpower;
ii)    Submit verifiable key Management positions that are Nigerian Nationals and the percentage of the company’s total workforce that will be beneficial to youth employment and community development in Nigeria;
iii)    All bidders should include description of current Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) procedures, plan, manuals and HSE performance statistics over the last 3 years including HSE manuals and accident statistics for the past five (5) years; and
iv)    Submit a plan on how to give first consideration to services provided from within Nigeria, raw materials and manufactured goods of Nigerian origin in line with the requirements of Nigerian Content.
v)     State the proposed social benefits to be accrued to the host communities where projects/services are domiciled

4.0    Specific Requirements for Evaluation
i)    In addition to the requirements stipulated in 3.1 to 3.2. bidders are to fulfil the under listed requirements:

4.1    CATEGORY   A:    Roads& Bridges

Annual Turnover
Bidders must have average annual turnover of ten (10) Billion Naira (as evidenced in the tax clearance certificate) in the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);
Bidders’ Experience
Bidder must be a prime contractor on at least two (2) projects of similar nature, magnitude and complexity comparable to the works under consideration within the last five (5) years (copies of letters of award/certificates of completion to be attached);
Plant and Equipment
Verifiable evidence that the Bidders have the requisite plants and equipment to execute project of the nature and complexity including Asphalt and Quarry Plants in the Geopolitical Zone of the project biddedfor.
Financial Capacity
Evidence of access to or availability of credit facilities, confirmed by a reputable bank, equivalent of one (1) billion Naira net of other contractual commitments of the successful bidder shall be required;
Manpower
Company profiles with CVs of key professionals including photocopies of relevant academic and professional qualifications with attestation of availability and contact phone numbers (evidence of registration with relevant regulatory professional bodies e.g. COREN, ARCON, CORBON, QSRBN);
Evidence of Firm’s registration with relevant professional body such as: COREN/QSRBN/ARCON/CORBON/SURCON etc.
Maximum Number of Lots
Bidders must restrict their submission of bids to a maximum of one (1) lot, in this category, located in a Geopolitical Zone where they are already mobilized, and which they have comparative advantage in terms of logistics and community social relations.

4.2    CATEGORY B: Roads &Bridges

Annual Turnover
Average Annual Turnover of Two Billion, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (₦2,500,000,000.00) (as evidencedin tax clearance certificate) in the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);
Bidders’ Experience
Experience as a prime contractor on at least two (2) projects of similar nature and complexity comparable to the works under consideration within the last five (5) years (copies of letters of award/certificates of completion to be attached);
Plant and Equipment
Evidence that the Bidders have the requisite plants and equipment to execute project of this nature and complexity;
Financial Capacity
Evidence of access to or availability of credit facilities, certified by a reputable Banker, equivalent of Five Hundred Million Naira (₦500,000,000.00) net of other contractual commitments of the successful bidder shall be required;
Manpower
Company profiles with CVs of key professionals including photocopies of relevant academic and professional qualifications with attestation of availability and contact phone numbers (evidence of registration with relevant regulatory professional bodies e.g. COREN, ARCON, CORBON, QSRBN, SURCON);
This is exclusive to Nigerian firms
Maximum number of Lots
Bidders must restrict their submission of bids to a maximum of one (1) lot located in a geopolitical zone where they are already mobilized.

4.3    CATEGORY   C: Roads and Bridges

a)    Annual Turnover
Average Annual Turnover of Five Hundred Million Naira (₦500,000,000.00) (as evidenced in tax clearance certificate) in the last three (3) years (2016, 2017 & 2018);
b)    Bidders’ Experience
Experience as a prime contractor on at least two (2) projects of similar nature and complexity comparable to the works under consideration within the last five (5) years (copies of letters of award/certificates of completion to be attached);
c)    Plant and Equipment
Evidence that the Bidders have the requisite plants and equipment to execute project of this nature and complexity;
d)    Financial Capacity
Evidence of access to or availability of credit facilities, certified by a reputable Banker, equivalent of Fifty Million Naira (₦50,000,000.00) net of other contractual commitments of the successful bidder shall be required;
e)    Manpower
Company profiles with CVs of key professionals including photocopies of relevant academic and professional qualifications with attestation of availability and contact phone numbers (evidence of registration with relevant regulatory professional bodies e.g. COREN, ARCON, CORBON, QSRBN;
f)    This is exclusive to Nigerian firms
g)   Maximum number of Lots Bidders must restrict their submission of bids to a maximum of one (1) lot in each Category

4.4    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BRIDGES:

In addition to the requirements in 4.3, applicants must be Specialist in Bridge Construction/Rehabilitation and shall have the following Minimum Criteria:

Evidence of Experience related to the Project’s Scope of Works which must be described in detail, namely Changing of Expansion Joints, Concrete Strengthening, Changing of Pot Bearings, Post Tensioning Works, Concrete Skin Repair, Pavement Rehabilitation, Corrosion Protection Measures, etc.
Submit Method Statements and Provide Repair Techniques related to Concrete Repair Works which must comply with all of the necessary technical requirements and must be properly coordinated with other refurbishment works of the Bridge.
Applicants must have been engaged in active business as a Concrete Repair Works and Bridge Rehabilitation Contractor for a minimum of two Jobs under the name of the firm applying for prequalification, and must provide Award Letters as evidence.
Applicants must provide all information pertaining to the Experience of the Firm and to its Specialist Engineers in similar type of Works (Provide CVs).
Evidence of having access to Specialized Bridge Repair Material and Bridge Components’ Manufacturers and Suppliers.
Capability for batching, controlling, placing finishing and curing concrete with Specialized Materials for the Resurfacing of the Burnt Section of the Bridge Deck.
Evidence of having a Local Experience in the same type of Works within the last few years is an Advantage.

CATEGORIES D, E and F: other Works, Goods and Services

Bidders’ Experience
Evidence of previous similar jobs with two (2) letters of awards in the last three (3) years (2015, 2016 & 2017);
Plant and Equipment/Warehouse
Verifiable evidence of proof of ownership and/or lease of the construction equipment/Warehouse required for the successful execution of these contracts especially categories D & E;
Financial Capacity
Evidence of financial capability by submission of letter of reference from a reputable Commercial Bank in Nigeria, indicating commitment to fund the project when awarded;
Firm Registration with Professional Bodies
Evidence of Firm’s registration with relevant professional body e.g. NAICOM/Insurance, EHORECON/Cleaning Service, NITDA/CPN/Information Technology, COREN/QSRBN/ARCON/CORBON/SURCON/Construction, NSCDC/Security, ESVARBON/Estate Surveying etc.
Manpower
Key personnel with evidence of registration with Professional bodies likeCOREN, QSRBN, ARCON, SURCON, CORBON, TOPREC, NIESV, CIPSMNetc;
Note that indigenous companies have an advantage in these categories;

5.0    ENQUIRIES

All enquiries are to be directed to:
        The Director,
        Public Procurement Department,
        Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
        Works and Housing Headquarters,
        Mabushi, Abuja.

6.0    METHOD OF SUBMISSION

i)    Bids must be prepared in English Language and signed by the official authorized by the bidder.
ii)    Two copies of Technical documents/Expression of Interest (EoI) for all categories must be submitted on or before 12:00 noon on Monday, 2ndSeptember, 2019. Late submissions will be returned un-opened.
iii)    Bids for categories A, B & C are to be submitted at the Procurement Department Room 105, Block A, 1st Floor, Works Sector FMPW&H Mabushi, Abuja.
iv)    Bids for categories D, E and F are to be submitted at the Conference Room, 3rdFloor, Housing Block, FMPW&H, Mabushi, Abuja.

7.0    OPENING OF EOI/BIDS

i.    EOI/TechnicalBid Documents will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Monday, 2nd September, 2019,  at the venue stated in 6(iii) and (iv) above.
ONLY technically shortlisted bidders will be invited for collection of Financial bids and Request for Proposals;
Companies or their representatives, Civil Societies, NGOs, Professional Bodies and members of the public are by this notice, invited to witness the bids opening exercise.

8.0    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Subject to the Provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 note that:

the Ministry may verify any or all the claims made by applicants and shall disqualify any company whose claims are found to be false in addition to other sanctions that may be deemed necessary;
bidders who have worked for the Ministry and have history of poor performance, abandonment, termination and/or prolonged contract execution period need not apply as their bids may be excluded from the process in line with Section 16(8)(b) of the PPA, 2007;
the Ministry reserves the right to reject any and/or all prequalified Bidders at its sole discretion and at no costs whatsoever in line with Section 28 of the PPA, 2007;
all costs incurred in responding to this advert and prequalifying for the projects shall be borne solely by the Bidders;
for bidders of the projects in the Niger Delta Area and the North Eastern Geopolitical Zone, it is required that they present a formal undertaking that they are capable of working in the area.
none compliance to any of the above instructions will lead to disqualification; and
this advertisement shall not be construed as a commitment on the part of the Ministry to award contract to any bidder.
All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm’s Letter Head Paper bearing amongst others, the Registration Number (RC)  as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM No.), and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorised officer of the firm.

Signed
Mohammed Bukar
Permanent Secretary
Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing
(Works & Housing Sector)

OTHER NEWS
February 16, 2019

FG To Erring Contractors, Up Your Games Or Face Sanctions

The Zonal Director of the National Housing Programme in the North- West, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Architect Joseph Toluhi, has urged erring contractors handling the on going construction of housing project in Kebbi State to step up their games or face necessary sanctions.

He noted that contractors, who fails to perform diligently on the job will have to give way for others to be engaged, adding that relevant clauses in the contract agreement can be invoke for appropriate sanctions.

This was contained in a statement by the Zonal Director on Wednesday in Biriin Kebbi during the North-West inspection tour to the project site.

Toluhi stated that the federal government is committed to provide decent and affordable housing to its teeming population and reduce the housing deficit in the country, adding that the NHP project is designed for the medium income earners who have the affordable means to acquire these houses across the nation.

The National Housing Programme, Kebbi State consist of 76 housing units of 1bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms semi-detached bungalows, are being handled by 19 indigenous contractors.

In a similar development, the zonal inspection team led by Toluhi also visited the National Housing Programme site in Sokoto State to have on-the-spot assessment of the on going construction works which has reached 95 per cent completion stage.

“I must say that I am pleased and happy with the level of progress of work on this site because we have a very high level of competition. Most of the building here have been completed”. He noted that out of 20 contractors engaged, 12 of them have already been completed while four are yet to be roofed.

According to him, “this means, we are ready to move into these buildings. The infrastructure such as water supply, road arterial and water supply have reached a very high level of completion”.

The Team Leader in Sokoto State, Mr lliya Kastuda also confirmed that construction work has reached 95 percent completion, adding that there is provision of worship centers, school, market to give necessary comfort and police post to ensure adequate security within the housing estate.

The zonal Director and other officials of the Ministry inspected a similar project in Gusau, Zamfara State, which is put at 65% completion stage. He however expressed disappointment in the poor quality of job done, stressing that government will not tolerate sub-standard jobs from any contractor.

 

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SPEECHES
September 4, 2019

Driving National Development Through Research And Innovation, Being The Text Of Keynote Address Delivered At The Lagos State University’s 1st Research Fair And Endowment Of Research

It is fit and proper to start by expressing my appreciation to my host, Professor Olanrewaju A. Fagbohun, SAN, the Vice Chancellor and by extension the LASU university community, for inviting me to speak at this RESEARCH FAIR AND ENDORSEMENT OF RESEARCH GRANTS FUND.

The theme of conversation is “Driving National Development through Research and Innovation” as chosen by the DIRECTORATE OF RESEARCH MANAGEMENT AND INNOVATION.

I consider it eminently well- conceived at this time when we are confronted with several choices about what to do, to overcome our developmental challenges and what to do in order to propel ourselves to the Nigeria of our collective dreams.

Let me say that I entertain no doubt about the possibilities and promise that lie ahead of Nigeria.

The question therefore for me has never been whether Nigeria will fulfil and realize her promise; on the contrary the question has been when it will happen.

Therefore, I have always held the view that there is nothing wrong with Nigeria; and that what perhaps has been wrong, are some of the things we have done or failed to do, and when we have done them or failed to do them.

In other words, what has or have informed our decision making or choice making processes, have we measured the impact or consequences of what we have done or failed to do?

Have we monitored how our choices have impacted our journey of national development?

This is the context in which I seek to speak about “Research” and “Innovation” which is the theme of this research fair.

What is “Research” and what is “Innovation”?

These are the opening questions I pose and seek to answer; and by so doing, I hope to link them to our national development and hopefully relate them to a few cases of study and conclude with my own humble recommendations.

The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines “Research” as:

     “a careful study of a subject …in order to discover new facts or information about it.”

And “Innovation” as:

     “the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something…”

With these working definitions, I will proceed to make a connection between research, innovation and national development; by reference to some things that we all know.

We all know that All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari won in 2015 by defeating an incumbent president in an unprecedented election.

Has any university or research institution conducted a research (published); that is a “careful study” of why Nigerians voted for President Buhari’s message of:

     * Tackling Insecurity
     * Growing the economy
     * Fighting corruption?

I have chosen to start with our democracy and election, because they have consequences on national development.

I know of no published work by any Nigerian university that answered the question. But I know how President Buhari came up with that message.

The answer is simple. The APC when it was formed chose to innovate.

In other words, as shown from our definition, APC chose to introduce a new thing or idea or way of doing something – contesting an election in Nigeria.

APC chose to research, that is, to conduct a careful study of a subject, our election. I was involved in the process at a very high level, as chair of the Strategy Committee in 2014. We commissioned a study of what the Nigerian people wanted.

We used a sample size of 20,000 people and administered 60 (sixty) questions to each person on a questionnaire in face to face interviews.

It took months, and cost money, (and I will come to this later because this is not only a “Research Fair” but also an Endowment of Research Grants Fund) but the rewards of success at the election more than justified it.

The outcome of the research showed that majority of those interviewed were not happy about:

     * Security in the country (Insurgency and Bombing)
     * The economy that was said to be growing and leaving people behind (jobless growth)
     * The way issues of corruption were being handled.

Working with data analysts, we used the data from questions 1,200,000 (60 x 20,000) to craft an electoral message that responded to the front burner considerations of the electorate.

This is one example of research and innovation in relation to national development.

The other examples I will share relate to events in Lagos.

They are Oshodi Clearing; and the Lekki Expressway Toll Plaza contrasted with the Lekki Link Bridge Toll Plaza.

OSHODI

Many commuters around the Oshodi Area would remember how difficult it was to commute through the area.

Those who needed to use the airport had become accustomed to leaving home many hours ahead than was necessary, only because the traffic and commuting experience had become a nightmare.

The Lagos State government under my tenure was committed to solving the problem.

We sent a study team there to ascertain the cause of the gridlock.

We found that it was about 500 traders who chose the rail line as their market that were largely responsible for the problem.

They come from many states within Nigeria and from outside Nigeria.

Pedestrians crossing the Agege Motor road were also an impediment to free flow of traffic.

The impact of the gridlock was not limited to commuters, it affected property owners in the nearby Ikeja GRA, whose property values were diminishing and some of who were relocating to other parts of the state.

The gridlock also affected;

     * Healthcare
     (a) Because there was high carbon mono-oxide Pollution from vehicular fumes causing upper respiratory tract infections;
     (b) Improper waste management led to vector settlements of rats and roaches who transmitted disease;

     * Safety
     (a) Because the large static population led to high crime incidents of robbery, rape, assault and sometimes murders;

Our study results recommended:

     * Relocation of the traders, so we built a new market in Isopakodowo

     * Separation of pedestrians from motorists so we built a new pedestrian bridge

     * Crime deterring aids, so we installed street lights in Oshodi

The results were transformative.

     * Traffic moved

     * Crime rates dropped when we checked with the Oshodi Police Station and compared incidents before and after

     * Property values steadied and rapidly rose in GRA Ikeja as reported by estate valuers

     * Incidents of vector borne diseases reduced as reported by our teaching hospital LASUTH.

People wondered aloud how we achieved such a feat where no gun shot was fired or life lost or indeed anybody injured.

The answer is simple, we researched and we innovated. Again, it took time and cost money but it led to development.

And please bear in mind that I am not aware that any university has published any results of research on Oshodi before and after we intervened.

LEKKI EXPRESSWAY AND LEKKI LINK BRIDGE TOLL PLAZAS

Not a few will recall that the Lekki Expressway was in some state of disrepair before 2007 when the Lagos State government chose to reconstruct the 60km highway using private sector funds and concessioning the road.

This was itself innovative because that made it the first government owned road to be funded by private capital in West Africa.

There was also some study, which meant that innovation accompanied research. But one item that was probably not studied at all or enough was how people will react to the payment of tolls.

I say this because, there were town hall meetings with the residents and I recall there were town hall meetings held at the Lagoon restaurant and in the Governor’s office involving some property owners and chieftaincy families along the corridor.

They received the project information enthusiastically but we never discussed how much the toll would cost and their willingness to pay.

Needless to reiterate, the protests that greeted the commencement of tolling have now been well documented to bear repetition.

It was a useful lesson that served us in good stead when the Lekki Link Bridge tolling was commenced a few years later.

While the Lekki Link bridge was under construction and nearing completion, we commissioned a study about people’s willingness to pay and how much they were willing to pay.

The results informed the pricing of the toll and when the bridge opened there was no protest about the cost.

As you probably all know, the bridge has become a favourite destination for pedestrians and vehicle owners alike.

Our study showed amongst others that the crossing from Lekki to Ikoyi took 3 minutes approximately to traverse, without traffic if you use Link bridge, and over 20 minutes if you went through Falomo to the same point where the bridge lands on Alexander Avenue Ikoyi.

These are just a few examples of research and innovation in the Transportation sector of national development, -

There have been others in my time in government, such as

     * The cost of Electric power using generators as compared with taking power from DisCo;

     * The number of vehicles traversing various highways in Nigeria;

     * The difference in journey and travel times on major highways before and during the Buhari government intervention on road infrastructure and

     * The type of housing that Nigerians in different states will accept to live in, to mention a few.

I must not fail to mention the selfless work of Professor Olumide Olusanya whose research and Innovative recommendations led to the creation of the MUSON under pass at Onikan to relief traffic.

But I will proceed to now raise questions about innovation and research in other areas of our compelling national challenges;

     * Security
     * Health
     * Education
     * Economy

Why is there no published research about the pattern and morphology of our security challenges with results offering different solutions and new ideas by way of innovation to overcome these challenges?

Why have all the experts focused only on law enforcement capacity and resourcing, which are important?

Has its occurred to us that we are not just dealing with crime but with organized crime?

Has it occurred to us that our security challenges are providing vast economic rewards for those who organise to hurt us and that there is a lot we can do to support government and protect ourselves?

I have just completed a paper on this subject which I will publish soon.

Have we commissioned any study about the decade long industrial disputes in different parts of the country and how they affect:

     * Health care delivery
     * Education quality
     * National productivity and our economic development?

There are vast areas of activity for research and innovation which I commend for consideration.

This is what many universities do across the world and these are Thesis subjects for the award of degrees and very valuable data from which universities raise money by selling the data to private and public institutions.

This is how knowledge centres (like universities) contribute to national development, and as they say, this is how the gown meets the town.

We have heard statements from unverified data that:

     * Nigeria has a 17 million housing deficit
     * Nigeria has 10 million children out of school
     * Nigeria has a 200 million population

While there are challenges with housing supply, is the problem the same in rural and urban centres or only in the latter?

With the 2006 census popularly discredited and judicially annulled in about 11 local governments in Lagos State by the census tribunal, how can these figures be anything more than uneducated guesses or extrapolation?

Yet we seem to have accepted these figures without question.

National development through the provision of adequate facilities, sufficient infrastructure, adequate manpower such as teachers, doctors, nurses and other medical staff will struggle without verifiable data.

As they say, you cannot manage it, if you cannot measure it.

You might be interested to know that while there is a shortage of housing, there are also empty, and unoccupied buildings in almost every major city in Nigeria. Are these factored into the deficit?

How many people in the public and private sector who go to work from 8a.m to 4p.m, a  period of 8 hours, actually do 4 hours productive work each day?

How does this affect national productivity and economic growth and what would Nigeria’s story be like if everybody actually worked for 4 hours only i.e. 50% of the contrasted time?

How many of us have taken time to advance the innovative works of Professor Olikoye Ransome-Kuti and Professor Babatunde Fafunwa on primary preventive healthcare and mother-tongue instruction in basic education.

Have we considered the impact on our children, of our mode of teaching by giving instructions, dictating notes by way of their getting used to taking instructions?

Have we studied what can happen if we start teaching them to solve problems by working in groups to stimulate their creativity and stir their curiosity?

Is this connected in anyway with why all of us are waiting for a messiah type leader to tell us how to solve our problems, when we can be the solution if we were trained to solve problems?

Can we study and develop solutions to monitor every item of fertiliser, anti-microbes, and other ingredients used to grow food on each farm?

Can we develop solutions to identify each yam produce; Which day it was planted; When it was harvested; Which farm it came from and the soil component as to make it acceptable for export to and consumption in every part of the world.

Before I go to how to fund research and innovation, let me deal with some specific issues: -
    
(a) Brookings Institute Report on Global Poverty.
Let me be clear that my comments do not suggest that there is no poverty : Poverty is a global phenomenon which every society tries to manage and reduce. But given what I know about India and Nigeria I was curious about the conclusions that “ Nigeria is the Poverty Capital of the World.”

I commissioned some checks on the report and I found out that:

According to World Data Lab’s Poverty Clock, about 90 million people in Nigeria live in extreme poverty.  In monetary terms, the World Poverty Clock defines poverty as living on less than $1.90 per day. In effect, anyone living on less than N684 is living in extreme poverty.

The Report has been criticized by different countries and experts on the way it measured poverty in terms of earnings-per-day benchmark. The following are some of the limitations of the report as admitted by the researchers themselves.

1.    Baseline
In arriving at its conclusion, the Clock used baseline data for 2013 and forecast assumptions. In other words, the report did not take into consideration the economic interventions that have taken place between 2014 and 2015.

2.    Basis of the Report
The report also used the General Household Survey from 2012/2013 and not the Harmonized Living Standards Survey. The reason for the adoption of GHS is that “it is more recent and believed to be of higher quality.”

3.    Challenges of Estimating Poverty
The report also admitted that “the challenges in estimating poverty in Nigeria stem from the fact that Nigeria is not a homogenous country. There are distinct differences in economic conditions between the South and the North. National averages conceal these differences and surveys are not sufficiently representative at the State level to draw firm conclusions.”

4.    Effect of Civil Unrest
The Report also admitted the effect of civil unrest impacted the study. In its methodology it admitted that: “Nigeria has also been suffering from civil unrest and conflict in selected Northern areas where Boko Haram has been active.” Despite the fact that it recognized that: “such unrest will indubitably have a negative impact on poverty,” it downplayed its impact by stating that “…but there is insufficient data to quantify this.”

(b) While I was concluding this paper, two (2) reported research results caught my eye which are worthy of mention:

i) On 28th August, 2019, Sky News announced the results published by University College London about Smoking Habits in England over a period spanning 2011 – 2018. It showed that there was a drop of 24.4 % in the number of Cigarettes smoked and a 21.1 % drop in the sale of cigarettes.
These are useful numbers to review the impact of policies made to improve Healthcare and prolong life.

     * On the same date TVC News in Nigeria announced the result of Research by the University of Jos, of the production of an Anti – Snake Venom from plant Seeds with no Side Effects. This is ground breaking to prevent loss of lives from Snakes bites in that part of the Country where such incidents are reportedly frequent.

(c) Finally on this point, I wish to share the Report of a study about Ethnic and Religious division which I commissioned in 2017 and repeated in 2018 at a time, when the conversations about “how divided we were” along these lines were gaining momentum and Restructuring was to be the cure.

72% of those surveyed chose to identify themselves first as Nigerian Citizens, 11% chose their Religious Identity, 9% chose their Clan or Tribe, 5% chose their Regional Identity and 2% chose their ethnic group.

How to fund Research and Innovation

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I could go on, but I think I have made the case about the compelling opportunities for research and innovation in our day to day life, without even going into more detailed specialities like medicine, information technology, automobile engineering, to mention a few.

The next question of cause will be how will all these be funded?

The truth is that data gathering, which is the result of studies and research is already a big global business and Nigeria is not left behind.

As I have shown earlier, while in Government, our Government in Lagos commissioned several studies and paid the companies for them.

Although we used several companies, one of them was owned by Idowu Sobowale , a professor from LASU, whose reports helped in decision making during my campaign for the office of governor in 2007 and in preparing our first budget in 2008 based on a study of what the people wanted.

Today, many conglomerates are paying good money to research and data firms for information about consumers to help them stay ahead of their competition.

This is one area of possible funding.

Many of these companies are not likely to be aversed to funding endorsements to fund research; and I recall that during my time the Lagos State Government made a provision in one year’s budget to the tune of N1 billion to fund various areas of research but this was in the last year of my second term.

1.    Endowment of Professorial Chair

The time has come to develop framework for healthy collaboration between the gown and the town. Gown in this case being university, and town representing the industry. Universities are factories for ideas, they are centres of innovations and researches. Our universities need to develop products and services that are useful not only for academic purposes but which are also useful for industrial and commercial purposes. A country’s GDP is a reflection of its product.

Annually, the National Academy of Inventors publishes a list of top 100  worldwide universities granted by the United States Utility Patents. The essence of the list is to underscore the fundamental role of universities as a laboratory of functional ideas. In the words of the President of the Academy, Paul Sandberg, “the patents our universities produce represent important processes and collaborations which have the potential to make a significant impact on society on a local, regional, national and global scale.”

One of the ways universities in Nigeria can get into this competitive list of owners of patent is by encouraging industries to see the utilities and values of their researches and innovations. The industries can also encourage universities to undertake researches that can add value to their own businesses. This can be done through Endowment of Professorial Chair by individuals and institutions.

In some universities, quite a number of professors you are likely to meet are holders of professorial chairs endowed by individuals and corporations. The Nigerian historian, Prof Toyin Falola, for instance, is Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Professor. John N. Parden, the author of Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria is Clarence Robinson Professor of International Studies.

The time has therefore come to start having endowed professorial chairs in LASU and other universities in Nigeria.

And, this is a win-win situation for all the parties. For the company that endows a chair in LASU, it is certainly a way of positively branding the company. Thus, anywhere Prof Lanre Fagbohun, SAN is mentioned, his professorial chair will be mentioned alongside the name. Any paper he writes or delivers will have the name of the company in bold print. For example, Prof Lanre Fagbohun, SAN, XYZ Bank Professor of Commercial Law.

Such endowment will also underscore the company’s corporate social responsibility as a citizen with bias for intellectual researches.

More importantly, it is an avenue for the donor institution to specifically use the endowment to address a particular research issue that may add value to its business or provide a solution to a social problem. By way of example, a Chief Ajayi Ojo Professorial Chair in Public Transportation might have as part of its terms of reference, researches into challenges of intermodal transportation in Lagos State. You can therefore imagine the multiplier effect of a single endowment.

2.    Endowment and Taxation

The good news about donations and endowments to universities in Nigeria is that it is tax deductible! That means that for the purpose of ascertaining the profit or loss of a company, the company is allowed to deduct the amount of any donation made to statutorily approved institutions. This is by virtue of section 25 of the Companies Income Tax Act. And for your information, universities are expressly mentioned in the 5th Schedule to the Act.

I consider this as a big incentive to encourage corporate bodies to donate, out of their profits, to charitable causes of which education is certainly one.

3.    Higher Education and Research Act

One holistic way of addressing the challenge of research and innovation is through legislative intervention. If we may borrow a leaf from the United Kingdom, there is a need for a legislation similar to the Higher Education and Research Act. As you are no doubt aware, it is this law that set up the United Kingdom Research and Innovation. One of the core mandates of UK Research and Innovation is to facilitate, encourage, and support research into science and technology, humanities and new ideas.

With such a body in Nigeria, there will be a specialized fund dedicated to supporting research infrastructure in institutions of higher learning across the country. This will also assist us as a country to benchmark our investment in Research and Development against our GDP. The reality is that there is a direct relationship between a country’s GDP and the investment in R&D.

We already have such an intervention body in the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND). TETFUND’s enabling law can be amended to ensure that it is made to focus on funding researches and innovations.

The Chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees of the National Assembly on Science, Technology and related fields can be approached to initiate such legislation

These are matters over which State House of Assemblies also have powers, being under the Concurrent list in item 21 and 22 of  Part II  of the second schedule of the 1999 Constitution.

4.    LASU Alumni Endowment Fund

As a university, LASU today has produced an uncountable number of alumni who have gone to excel in various fields. The university has produced leaders at national and sub-national levels. You have produced leaders in entertainment. You have produced celebrated writers and thinkers. If charity begins at home, endowment must also begin with alumni.

Most universities in other climes have bodies incorporated for the sole purpose of managing its endowment fund. The Princeton University Investment Company is the vehicle set up to manage endowment funds of Princeton University. In 2013, Yale’s Endowment generated 12.5% return which translates to an investment gain of $2.29 billion. Between 2003 and 2013, Yale Endowment grew from $11.03 billion to $20.78 billion.

As an institution, does LASU have a comprehensive database of its alumni from inception to date? Do we engage with these alumni? Do they see themselves as an extension of the school? There must be a strategic arrangement to leverage on the alumni network for the purpose of endowment funding.

5.    Student Engagement

I understand that this year, LASU graduated over 14,000 students. This is an impressive figure by any standard. More than half of this number will be productively engaged in the next few years. In a decade, a substantial number of them would have become middle-level officers in whatever field they are in. If we are strategic about it, year in and year out, we can continue to have a ready pool of alumni who will be interested in contributing their quota to the development of the school that produced them. Many old students are always proud to sport their school ties, lapels, scarfs, colours and other symbols representative of their school.

6. Charities  and Not-For-Profits

Another veritable source of funding for research and innovation is the values embedded in charitable organizations and institutions. As you are aware, companies limited by guarantee are statutorily charitable in their essence. The Corporate Affairs Commission has a database of these companies. Many of them have educational improvement as part of their objectives. With proper coordination, they can be a viable partner in providing funds for researches and innovations.

Ladies and Gentlemen, these are my thoughts and recommendations on Research, Innovation , our National Development, the opportunities, and how to optimize them.

Thank you for listening.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of  Works and Housing

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September 13, 2019

FASHOLA ALIYU RECEIVE THE GOOD GOVERNANCE AMBASSDORS OF NIGERIA GOGAN IN ABUJA

Hon Minister of Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN Minister of State in the Ministry Engr Abubakar Aliyu Permanent Secretary Works Housing Mr Mohammed Bukar 3rd right South West Coordinator Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria GOGAN Alhaja Bisi Eletu 3rd left Public Relations Officer Comrade Adeyeri Maxwell left and others in a group photograph shortly after a courtesy visit by GOGAN at the Ministry of Works Housing Headquarters on Thursday 12th September 2019

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September 14, 2019

FASHOLA ALIYU INSPECT FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS HOUSINGS ENGINEERING CENTRE IN KUJE ABUJA

Hon Minister of Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN and Minister of State in the Ministry Engr Abubakar Aliyu interacting with the Staff of the Zonal Workshop Division during the inspection of the Federal Ministry of Works Housing s Engineering Centre comprising the Zonal Workshop Electrical Mechanical Training School in Kuje Abuja on Friday 13th September 2019

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