By Ben Adoga
Sixty-five of the 176 contractors who participated in the technical bid to supply kit items for the 2018 corps members have scaled through the evaluation process into the financial bids.
In the financial bid process on Tuesday in the Yakubu Gowon House national headquarters of the corps in Abuja, the Director of Procurement, Yakubu Jok, confirmed that only 65 contractors scaled through the evaluation process to qualify for the financial bid.
He said that the disqualification of the rest was largely due to queries on their documents by the Pension Commission (PENCOM) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS).
On behalf of the NYSC Director-General, Brig-Gen. S. Z. Kazaure, Jok said: “We will continue to uphold our integrity and the provisions of the Public Procurement Act.”
He cautioned contractors against the production and supply of substandard kit items, stressing that, “this job is for Nigerians because corps members belong to the nation. We must not compromise quality of products, we are aware of the challenges of price and others, but let’s not compromise on quality.”
Jok further appealed to the contractors to produce physical education shorts and make them decent as some of them had been noticed to be too short and exposes the corps members unnecessarily. He also urged the contractors to deliver in good time to facilitate easy take off of activities.
The Secretary, NYSC Procurement Unit, Abubakar Bawa, said that some contractors may not have heard their names, even after being invited because of the query on their documents by PENCOM and FIRS.
The contractors commended the NYSC for the transparent process and insistence on due process. One of the contractors who spoke for his colleagues urged the NYSC to sustain the standard.
One of the observers, Cornerstone Liberty Foundation, commended the NYSC for its transparency and the spirit of excellence demonstrated and urged it to keep the standards.