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Sierra Leone Roads Authority open bids on the Rehabilitation works for Makeni-Matotoka and Bo-Kenema Roads.
By John Mansaray
Apr 25, 2007, 12:40
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As part of its official obligations, the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA) has on Monday 23rd April 2007, officially opened four bids out of a total number of 10 bid documents that were submitted by bidding contractors for the rehabilitation of the 35-kilometer Makeni-Matotoka highway in the Northern Province and 65-kilometers road between Bo and Kenema, in the southern and Eastern Provinces of Sierra Leone.

Chairman Mr. Adolphus DEJackson (SLRA) Dep Director General opening the document, as Mr. Thorlu Bangura Project coordinator looks on.

The opening ceremony of the bids which was held at the conference room of the SLRA headquarters at Kissy in Freetown, was chaired by the Deputy Director General of the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA), Mr. Adulphus D.E. Jackson, and witnessed by senior officials from the ministries of Lands and Country Planning, Finance, Transport and Communication and other senior officials of SLRA; Director of Operation, Mr. Munda Rogers and Director of Maintenance, Mr. C.Y. Johnson.

The Chairman of the occasion, Deputy Director General, Mr. A.D.E Jackson, in his opening remarks expressed thanks and appreciation for a well-attended session of representatives from the line ministries, journalists and representatives of the bidding contractors. He assured the audience that the bidding documents before him were all authentic.

He disclosed that there were ten (10) bidding documents that were initially issued out, but that only four bidders returned their bidding documents.

SLRA Official and government official representatives on the high table.

The Coordinator of the Bidding Firm Project in the Ministry of Transport and Communication, Mr. Farma Thorlu- Bangura explained that the Bids submitted to the firm were sealed and that they were opened in the presence of representatives of the respective bidding firms in a process he described as "transparent and accountable" and was approved by all those present.

He said that the return of the four bidding documents out of the initial ten was a success, noting that the return of four bidders showed that they have adequately satisfied the laid down criteria which he noted "were rigorous". Some of the criteria include: bid security which should involve a reputable bank as to serve as financial guarantor and a lot of other conditions that must be satisfied by the bidders.

Chinese Representative, on behalf of the China roadway group (wuju) and China railway Seventh group (CRSG) listening attentively as the bids are being opening.

Mr. Thorlu-Bangura said that the bids were not complex for the simple reason that the contractual amount for the rehabilitation of the two roads, namely: the 35-kilometer Makeni-Matotoka road and 65-kilometer Bo-Kenema roads is about seventeen millions United States Dollars ($17M). Because of that amount, only few foreign companies ventured to bid, he said.

Director of Operations, Mr. Munda Rogers, addressing journalists in his office, after the bid opening ceremony, said the award of the contract to the would-be winning company will be done within a scope of one month after the opening of the bids. That will be done primarily by the officially constituted evaluation committees, he disclosed, adding that it would be the responsibility of the committee to evaluate all the four bidding documents that have been opened and in line with the given guidelines and to pick out the document which satisfies these criteria. The officials in the Evaluation Committee, he said, are individuals with a wealth of knowledge in the evaluation of bid documents.

Mr. Munda Rogers therefore stated that the expected specific work that would be undertaken by the contractors would be on both roads. He also revealed that work is already vigorously going on at the Masiaka-Bo road, and it is expected to be completed in 2009.

The bid documents that were opened were submitted by foreign companies from China and Senegal.

Mr. Rogers however disclosed that government and its donor partners are now looking for funds for the construction of the Matotoka–Koidu road.


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