Bauchi State government through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in conjunction with the Federal Government’s Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) will construct 50 classrooms, renovate 174 others across the state.
This was disclosed in Bauchi on Tuesday at opening of the bids for the contracts for the projects.
Other projects to be executed according to the Bauchi State SUBEB chairman, Professor Yahaya Ibrahim Yero are: Fencing of 18 schools, construction of 59 VIP toilets, 39 landscaping projects, drilling of 30 Boreholes, production of 8,461 Classroom Furniture and 320 units of teachers’ furniture.
According to him, 2,632 bidders responded to advertisements placed in national dailies by the board and submitted their bid documents.
He said that the Board’s Evaluation Committee will evaluate the bids and made the necessary recommendations to select the successful bidders on time.
"It is our hope that all the necessary formalities for award of contracts will be completed in January 2018 and the execution of contract will commence in February 2018 Insha Allah," he said.
He disclosed that certain schools were selected in each of the 20 local government areas of the state for the projects in order to provide a good teaching and learning environment.
He commended Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar for his commitment by paying the counterpart funding and ensuring the strict compliance to laid-down principles.
"The precarious situation we found ourselves in the education sector today can be attributed to the abandonment of all ethics of work and outright violation of the laid down procedures by the previous administration in the state.
"In some situations, you will observe that contracts were awarded and paid in full sum without performance and or completion of the projects without following the normal tender procedures," he said.
In his welcome address, the SUBEB director of planning, research and statistics, Alhaji Abubakar Mansur commended the Board’s chairman for his commitment to the enhancing basic education in the state.
"It becomes imperative at this juncture to express our sincere gratitude to the Bauchi State governor, M.A Abubakar for the release of 2016 counterpart fund amounting to One Billion Fourty Two Million Twenty Seven Thousand, Twenty Seven Naira and Two Kobo (N1,042,027,027.02)," he said.
In a vote of thanks, the secretary of the board, Mahmood Kari said that execution of the projects will be another step forward to reposition the basic education sector in the state.
"With the commencement of series of projects, ranging from landscaping, renovation, construction and fencing of primary and junior secondary schools to the provision of basic furniture, reading and writing materials across the state, we are setting the ball rolling and we are under no illusion that we have a great deal of work ahead of us," he said.