The award of the contract for the Calabar Channel by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to a joint venture, Calabar Channel Management Limited (CCM) and Niger Global Engineering Services Limited, followed due process and not in contravention of any law, a director of Niger Global Engineering Services has said.
Reacting to allegations by some firms that the process did not follow due process, the director, Engineer Popoola Ayeni, said the bid process was handled by Mobotek, an internationally acclaimed consultant based in Holland in line with international best practices.
He said about 49 companies bided for the contract with the active participation of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and that after a rigorous exercise, the best company, the Calabar Channel Management Limited (CCM) in partnership with Niger Global Enginerring Services Limited emerged.
“It is the same consultants that handled the Lagos Channel Management Company and the Bonny Channel Management Company that produced the same process for the Calabar exercise. Our company passed the financial and technical bids and was duly handed a ‘No Objection’Certificate by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).
“It is therefore completely erroneous for anyone to insinuate that Calabar Channel Management (CCM) Limited was not subjected to a pre-qualification test to ascertain its competence as required by the law before being awarded the contract”, he added.
Ayeni maintained that contrary to insinuations, his company has been involved in many dredging activities in the country which it had successfully executed and that for the dredging of the Calabar Channel, it was in partnership with world’s best, Westminster Dredging and Royal Bokalis of Netherlands.
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