The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday, said it would increase the mobilisation fee of contractors to 40 per cent in the ongoing amendment of the state’s Public Procurement Agency Bill, 2020.
The Chairman, House Committee on Public Procurement, Mr Rauf Age-Sulaimon made the disclosure during a one day public hearing in Lagos.
Age-Sulaimon noted that the purpose of the amendment was to increase advance payment from 20 per cent to 40 per cent so the contractor involved would be able to do the job effectively.
He said: “As you are talking about development, procurement is the most important aspect because if government projects are not properly executed, of course you will not see the result.
“We have been talking about the money needed for projects and the economy is not smiling at all and for us to support contractors, there is need on the part of the government to encourage them.
“The essence of this amendment is to increase advance payment from 20 per cent to 40 per cent so that the person involved will be able to do the job effectively.
“We will ensure that contractors adhere strictly to the terms of the contract. It will benefit the masses because it will not be winner-takes- all. It will not be the survival of the fittest because, the fittest may not be capable.
“Bidding for contract is open to everybody. Once you have the requirement, you will be allowed to bid and apart from that the timing, it’s open to everybody.
“That is why we brought it before everybody,” he said.
Age-Sulaimon noted that there could not be any meaningful development without infrastructure development, adding that due to policy summersaults, there was need for them to be up to date.
In his keynote address, Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa who was represented by his Deputy, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun,, said the idea of public hearing afforded policy makers opportunity to hear from the masses.
Obasa said they were here to discuss important issues, which was public procurement, which was broad and all encompassing and covered all aspects of government activities.
He said the state was proud to be one of the states with one of the best procurement policies in the country.
Meanwhile, a Town Planner, Dahunsi Osho, Vice Chairman of Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area, in his contribution, asked when a contractor could be said to have absconded.
According to him, one may collect money and will not be available for the next one year, adding that a time frame should be attached to absconding.
Mr Akeem Kareem, representing legal officers in the local government areas, observed that there was a lacuna and the composition of the Tenders Committee of the local government areas was not stated.
Kareem said this lacuna should be addressed to avoid any form of rancor.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Emmanuel Okara)
Good work without faith is philanthropy – Bishop Martins
The Archbishop of Lagos, His Grace, Alfred Martins, says good work without faith in God is philanthropy, which will not lead anyone to salvation.
Martins made this assertion during his homily at the Sunday Mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos.
He said goodwork without faith was philanthropy, which cannot take anyone to heaven.
“In the gospel of the day taken from the book of Mathew 20 from verse 1-16, Martins said it was the mercy of God and not people’s good work that would take them to heaven.
“If God is generous to other people, we need not to be envious. We need to be contented,” he said.
He added that everyone should always plead for the mercy of God, adding that it was His mercy, that brings forgiveness and salvation.
While citing the example of the thief that died with Jesus, he said the thief did not have so many good works but Jesus had mercy on him and he was saved.
He prayed that our sacrifice would be acceptable by the Father in Jesus Name.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the first reading was taken from Isaiah 55 verse 6-9, while the second reading was from Philippians 1 verse 20.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide
Why FG is investing massively in railways, seaports — Amaechi
The Federal Government’s focus on railway and seaport development is a necessity to drive the nation’s economy, according to the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi stated this at the virtual 15th Annual Kaleidoscope Global Business Conference hosted by the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York on Sunday.
“Many Nigerians have asked why the construction of railways.
“Eighty per cent of the cargoes we have in Nigeria are mostly imported, because the Nigerian economy is yet to generate enough production.
“However, the president is of the view that if we must produce, we must have infrastructure that enables that production, hence the focus on transportation, power and works,” he said.
The minister said although the railway project had started before the President Muhammadu Buhari, the nation’s seaports were not included in the design.
He stated that one of the first things the administration did was to rework the plan to link the rail network to seaports across the country.
“So, we started with the Apapa seaport. We are working there now and I believe by December, we should conclude the Lagos-Ibadan rail line extension into the port.
“We then added the Warri Seaport, the Calabar seaport and Tin Can Island. We are making sure that all of them include seaports,” Amaechi said.
According to him, contract for the 386km rail line from Kano to Maradi in the Republic of Niger will be awarded on Wednesday.
He added contract award for the 1,500km eastern rail line from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri would follow on Sept. 30.
The minister highlighted other rail line projects in the country, including Abuja to Itakpe, and Itakpe to Warri, which he said had been completed
He said the Warri line would also be extended to the Warri seaport being developed by the federal government.
Amaechi also highlighted the government’s seaport digitalisation programme, which he said would be completed in 2021.
Mr Gurjit Singh, former Indian Ambassador to Germany, Indonesia and the African, described Nigeria as the giant of Africa.
Singh, who is the Chairman of the CII Task Force on Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, said the Nigerian rail sector had the potential to drive the nation’s development as was the case in India.
He urged Nigeria to take advantage of the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor initiative to access public private partnership funding for its infrastructure projects.
Organised by United States-based Kaleidoscope Business Project, the event brought together Nigerian state governors, ministers, business executives and prospective foreign investors.
The participants included Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Samuel Ortom of Benue and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara,
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami, and the Minister of State for of Mines and Steel Development, Mr Uchechukwu Ogah, also participated.
They took turns to highlight the investment opportunities that abound in their respective states and sectors in addition to the invest facilitation and security measures in place.
Welcoming the participants, the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr Benaoyagha Okoyen, said the conference was part of the government’s efforts to open more windows of business opportunities in Nigeria to the world.
“With the opportunities that abound in Nigeria, this Conference aims at identifying those investors that are able, willing and committed to long term direct investment into the Nigerian economy.
“And it goes without saying that those from the Nigerian side are as desirous to meet investors in order to establish mutually beneficial relationships.
“Let me emphasise the need for us to jointly work together to enhance NIgeria economic growth and industrialization on our shared values and sound principles of mutually beneficial partnership and on a win-win business matrix,” Okoyen said.
Edited By: Felix Ajide
8 burnt to death in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident
Eight persons were on Saturday night burnt to death in a lone accident involving a Mazda bus on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Ahmed Umar, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abeokuta on Sunday.
Umar explained that the accident, which occurred at about 8:45 p.m. near Saapade bridge, was caused by tyre burst.
This, he said, resulted in the bus summersaulting and bursting into flames.
The sector commander added that 11 people were involved in the accident made up of three male adults, one female adult, one child and six unidentified persons.
“The suspected cause of the lone accident involving the Mazda bus marked AAA 249 VX was tyre burst which led to loss of control before crash and bursting into flames immediately,” he said.
He said that FRSC operatives contacted the Sagamu Fire Service immediately for a joint rescue operation.
Umar said that three injured victims were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu, for medical attention while the Health Department of Remo North Local Government Area was contacted on the burnt victims.
He advised motorists to drive cautiously, obey traffic rules and regulations and ensure that their tyres were in good condition.
Edited By: Mufutau Ojo)
Newborn safely delivered under Ajah bridge
The Lagos State Emergency Managment Agency (LASEMA) has said that its ambulance team at Eti-osa delivered Ms Blessing Emmanuel, a 35 year-old woman of a live male baby.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu,
LASEMA, told Newsmen on Saturday that the baby was delivered at about 4:30 p.m under the Ajah Bridge.
”The lady, who has no home nor family in Lagos, is from Cross River State.
”Mother and baby are fine and have been taken to Island Maternity where they will get expert care,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole