The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has received over 700 documents, after it opened its bid for the 2022 Annual Capital Projects, with a 12 Billion Naira proposed budget.
The Director of Procurement of NRC, Ben Iloanusi who confirmed this in Lagos on Thursday, said that the corporation has however not begun evaluation, authentication and validation; as the opening was merely for checking the documents submitted by companies in accordance with the eligibility criteria put out in the adverts.
He explained that the corporation is merely checking the documents and that if they are complete they will be ticked.
Iloanusi further said that where the documents are not complete, gives room for automatic disqualification.
He however, maintained that they have not disqualified any company yet, because they just started checking the documents.
He explained that the checked documents would proceed for validation and authentication, adding that NRC would contact the likes of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and others to authenticate the documents submitted.
Iloanusi stated that in order to improve the bidding process, the NRC had conducted training for the desk officers handling the documents submitted.
He averred that the Corporation had built a process and document which the desk officers use as guide and consult in case of doubts.
The Director of Operations, Mr Niyi Alli, said that transparency would be the key, adding that NRC would keep improving on the bidding process annually.
“Today, one of the things we have done better is that we have controlled access to the premises.
“We also have high teamed security personnel in attendance and all the necessary support agencies are here to witness the process.
“We are also getting feedback from the people attending and we will continue to take these feedbacks to improve on our processing.