About thirty seven (37) companies have been confirmed to have submitted bids to supply six (6) triple agent firefighting trucks for the operation of the Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC), one of the downstream subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Speaking at a public bid-opening exercise held at the NNPC Towers on Wednesday, the Managing Director of NPSC, Mr. Luke Anele, who was represented by the Manager, Health, Safety and Environment, Mr. Agbami Tijani Mohammed, said the bid would lead to the procurement of six (6) firefighting trucks that would replace the non- functional and old trucks in its fleet.
The public bid-opening exercise is part of NNPC’s avowed commitment to openness and transparency aimed at transforming the Corporation into a Focused, Accountable, Competitive and Transparent organization conducting its business with Integrity (FACTI-based Corporation).
The NPSC boss noted that the firefighting trucks, when procured, would reduce to the barest minimum the incidences of fire outbreak in the twenty one (21) depots across the country.
On his part, the Group General Manager, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Mr. Shehu Liman, who was represented by the Manager, SCM, Mr. Rotimi Feyisitan, said at the end of the submission of bids, 37 companies submitted bids for prequalification of companies for the procurement, supply and commissioning of six (6) number triple agent firefighting trucks for NPSC operations.
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) were on hand to observe and ensure strict compliance to due process.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is the state oil corporation which was established on April 1, 1977. In addition to its exploration activities, the Corporation was given powers and operational interests in refining, petrochemicals and products transportation as well as marketing.Between 1978 and 1989, NNPC constructed refineries in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt and took over the 35,000-barrel Shell Refinery established in Port Harcourt in 1965. In 1988, the NNPC was commercialised into 12 strategic business units, covering the entire spectrum of oil industry operations: exploration and production, gas development, refining, distribution, petrochemicals, engineering, and commercial investments.