Kogi NEWMAP seals contract with Loraj Consortium on Engineering design, supervision of gully erosion sites




The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in Kogi, has sealed a multi million naira contract deal with Loraj Consortium, for Engineering Design of five Sites gully erosion sites and Supervision of eight sites across the state.


Mrs Ladi Ahmed Jato, the Project Coordinator, Kogi NEWMAP, at the signing of the contract with the Consultant in Lokoja, said the event was an indication of Gov. Yahaya Bello’s commitment to tackling ecological challenges in the State.


She named the five gully erosion sites for engineering design as: Township Erosion site in Ankpa, Ogane-Aji in Dekina, Ugwolawo in Ofu, Etahi in Okene, Omigbo River Channelization in Kabba/Bunu LGAs.


While the eight sites for supervision are: Adum Road in Olamaboro, Agassa in Okene, Ozuri in Adavi, Ankpa, Ogane Aji, Ugwolawo, Etahi and Omigbo River Channelization sites.

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She said that the Projects were being funded by the Kogi Government in collaboration with the World Bank through counterpart fund which had already been paid by the governor.


The cost for the designs is N217, 765, 595, while that of supervisions is N160, 280, 579, making a total sum of N378, 470, 174 for the two contracts.


”After a rigorous, competitive and transparent evaluation, LORAJ CONSORTIUM emerged as the firm with the most responsive BID out of a total of 40 Expression of Interests (Eols) received.


”After all processes of evaluation were concluded, reports were sent to the World Bank for its review, following which a ‘No Objection’ was issued.


”Our gratitude to His Excellency, the environmental friendly governor for providing the enabling environment and for paying the state’s counterpart fund for us to get to this stage,” she said.

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The Project Coordinator urged the consultant not to disappoint the State in executing the assignment and assured that payment, at any stage of the Assignment would not be a problem.


The Chairman, Kogi NEWMAP State Steering Committee, Mr Sanusi Usman Yahaya, who doubles as the State Commissioner for Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources, urged the consultant to complete the designs within the agreed period of one year.


”As we speak, quite a number of communities are about to lose their houses while some had already lost theirs.


”We believe the consultant knows our pains and the urgency of this matter, so, we urge them to be on the same page with the State and keep to the timeline,” Yahaya said.

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On his part, Mr Leo Anuforo, the Managing Director/CEO of Loraj Consortium, assured the government of delivering the Engineering designs within the time frame of one year, ”we will not disappoint Kogi.


”There are two components: design and supervision, already we have had three designs on ground for Agasa in Okene, Adumu in Olamaboro and Ozuri in Adavi.


”So as soon as the contractor is boarded using the World Bank procurement process, work will commence on those sites in earnest.


”We are starting the raking work on the designs tomorrow, because the people are being threatened by the menace of gully erosions and other environmental related issues,” Anuforo said.

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