25 September 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, says all contractors bidding for participation in the cleanup of oil-impacted sites in Ogoniland must have technical and financial competencies before they would be allowed to participate in the process.
The Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, stated this in Port Harcourt, saying the cleanup in Ogoni will be a template for the rest of the Niger Delta region,
“The Ogoni clean-up project is going to be a template for the rest of the region. It is a very important project to the Ogoni people, Niger Delta people, for Nigerians and Nigerian government as well.
“It is very important for the economy, important for the environment and also important for the health. It is one project that we cannot over emphasised the importance and we all are here to make it succeed,” Dekil said.
Minister of States for Environment, Mr. Ibrahim Jibril, had recently announced the pre-qualification of 183 firms for the exercise. Submission of technical proposals and financial bid documents by the pre-qualified companies ended two days ago, following which the government is expected to evaluate their submissions and come out with the list of successful bidders.
Jibril revealed that over 400 firms applied for the contract, out of which the 183 companies were pre-qualified.
“The stage we are now is part of the procurement process. We have 183 companies that have pre-qualified and have been asked to submit their documents to bid for the contract.
“All bids are supposed to end on the 24 of September, after which there will be financial evaluation. There is timeline for each process. We have matching order that by the end of last quarter of 2018, people should be seen on the field,” the minister had said.