Procurement activities for projects provided for in the 2016 Appropriation for the works sector have commenced at the headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, in Abuja.
Various projects were listed for bidding and were sub-divided into three categories.
Category A had one slot, Category B had 14 slots while Category C had 9 slots.
Representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other stakeholders attended the bid-opening ceremony.
Speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry in charge of works and housing sector, Mr Abubakar Mogaji, warned contractors bidding for the various projects against submitting fake documents.
He noted that verification exercise for the documents would be carried out, noting that any contractor that perpetrated any fraud would face prosecution according to the provisions of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
Mogaji, who was represented by the coordinating director, Highways, Mr Bala Danshehu, insisted that the ministry would adopt principles of fairness and openness throughout the bidding exercise, and so solicited for the contractors’ cooperation.