The Universal Basic Education Commission and the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, OYOSUBEB, is set to begin execution of two hundred and seventeen projects in Oyo State.
The Executive Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, OyoSUBEB, Dr Nureni Aderemi Adeniran said this today at an official meeting with successful bidders for the 2019 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects held at the Board’s office in Ibadan.
In all, the State Government and UBEC are embarking on constructing 58 blocks of classrooms; constructing 10 Perimeter fences; renovating 62 blocks of classrooms; 40 lots of furniture supply.
Others projects are drilling of 44 boreholes and procurement of 3 lots of sports equipment/facilities.
During the meeting, Dr Nureni Adeniran read the riot act to contractors, charging them to strictly adhere to the laid down standard for project execution and deliver high standard projects in the State.
He further said that due to COVID-19 pandemic and some technical issues, the Board shifted the date for its bid opening exercise twice, which eventually came upon October 8th, 2020.
Adeniran appreciated the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde for the quick payment of counterpart fund from the State Government which gave the state an edge to quickly pull out the 2019 funds from UBEC.
“It is worthy of note that today’s gathering would not have come up without the pro-activeness of the State Government, through the prompt release of counterpart fund amounting to the sum of One Billion, Five Hundred and Nineteen Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty-four thousand, Seventy-Eight Naira, eighty-six kobo (N1, 519, 884, 078. 86), only, to complement the matching grant of the equal amount released by the Federal Government through UBEC, for the implementation of the 2019 FGN-UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects”, he stated.
Dr Adeniran told the gathering that the 2018 FGN-UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects awarded in January 2020 had reached an advanced stage.
“About 98% of the Projects have been delivered to the benefiting schools, and these projects have added greater value to the academic activities in the schools”, Adeniran said.
He, therefore, instructed the contractors not to abandon the high standard set by the State Government, due to the zero-tolerance for non-performance, this present administration has. He further added that the State Government had set a time frame for the categories of projects in the State, urging them to be upright and yielding in the projects’ execution.
“Construction of Model Schools must be delivered in 24 weeks; Construction of a block of classrooms must be delivered in 16 weeks; while Construction of ECCDE Pilot Centres; and block of 3 & 4 classrooms must be ready in 12 weeks”, Adeniran said.
Also, time-frame for construction of Perimeter fence is four weeks; renovation of blocks of classrooms is eight weeks; the sinking of the borehole is two weeks; procurement of furniture is six weeks while Procurement of Sports equipment/facilities is two weeks.
He, therefore, said the State Government expects that the contractors will adhere strictly to the time frame for each of the categories of projects, adding sternly that the time-frame is not negotiable.