One hundred and eighty-three companies have been pre-qualified by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) out of over 400 of them which submitted pre-qualification documents for the remediation of oil impacted sites in Ogoniland in Rivers State.
The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of a pre-contract award meeting with the companies in Port Harcourt last Tuesday said the 183 companies were currently at the stage of getting clarifications on the location sites they had visited as contained in their bid documents.
According to him, the companies have been pre-qualified and bid documents issued to them and in line with the Procurement Act, they are provided a platform where they can clarify issues with regards to sites visited.
Jibril said the companies at the meeting, were expected to respond or clarify issues which were not quite clear to them in the bid documents they submitted, hinting that it was against this backdrop that officials of the federal Ministry of Environment drawn from the Procurement, Technical and Legal Departments, including the Director of Operations as well as project management consultants were on ground to provide answers to the questions raised by the companies.
The Minister, who was represented by his Senior Technical Assistant, Dr. Ishayaku Mohammed said the submission of technical and financial bids by the companies which would hold on September 24,2018 would be the next step to ascertain whether or not the firms have both the technical and financial competence and expertise to handle the remediation project.
He disclosed that the technical evaluation of the companies would last for one week before the opening of the financial bid which would also last for another one week.
“The process like I mentioned are two. One, there will be a technical evaluation. We will ensure they submit technical bid. The technical bid will enable the technical team constituted to determine whether or not the companies have the technical competence and expertise to be able to engage in the remediation project. It is only when you have termed a company to be technically qualified that you now open the financial bid to see if it is responsive financially”, he said, pointing out that it is that process that would give the companies the stamp of approval to undertake the clean-up exercise in the long run.
The Minister further indicated that HYPREP would strictly adhere to the timelines of the remediation project, hinting that by the end of October this year, the remediation of impacted sites proper would commence.
He allayed fear that funding of the project would constitute a problem, confirming that $177 million earmarked for the clean-up exercise was already in the account of the Ogoni Trust Fund.
It would be recalled that HYPREP’s technical team had last week taken the pre-qualified companies to the impacted sites in Eleme Local Government Area and other locations in Ogoniland to delineate the areas.
RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign
The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.
Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives
The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.
We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors
The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”
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