HDMI: RFQ, E-Portal for private sector opens
- As Works & Housing Ministry begins procurement process for highway Concessionaires
In continuation of efforts to bring private sector resources and efficiency to the development and management of federal highway corridors under its novel Highway
Management and Development Initiative (HMDI), the Federal Ministry of Works and
Housing has today opened the e-portal https://hdmi.worksandhousing.gov.ng for the
submission of Request for Qualification (RFQ) applications.
The submission of the RFQ application for the Value-Added Concession (VAC) component
of the HDMI, begins today, Monday, March 29.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN, had last week disclosed that the portal would ensure competitiveness and guarantee transparency in the process.
He had said that no staff of the ministry would interface with the public in the management
of the HDMI conceived in 2020, from procurement to implementation.
The Value-Added Concession (VAC) component of the HDMI officially advertised today
seeks to concession 12 federal highways to qualified individuals and consortia for
management in the first phase.
The 12 highways which were carefully chosen to cover the six-geopolitical zones include the
Benin-Asaba, Abuja-Lokoja, Kano-Katsina, Onitsha-Owerri, Shagamu-Benin, Abuja-Keffi-
Akwanga and Kano-Maiduguri Expressways.
The others are Lokoja-Benin, Enugu-Port Harcourt, Ilorin-Jebba, Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta and
Lagos-Badagry Expressways. They amount to a total of 1,963.24 kilometres, which is 5.6 per
cent of the 35,000km Federal road network.
The e-portal opened today contains all the information the public needs, including access
to relevant documents, news updates, and videos.
The portal is vital for e-procurement as it allows the management of the PPP procurement process for the VAC category, and the process of approvals and permits under the
Unbundled Assets Approval (UAA). In addition, it includes a Vendors Market Place for the
promotion of local businesses and vendor partnerships with prospective concessionaires.
The HDMI seeks to leverage private sector investment to improve facilities and operations
on the selected 12 highways, maximize the routes' revenue-generating potential, and
ensure international best practices in developing and managing the nation's highways.
It is also important to note that the Federal Government is currently executing over 700
different contracts, which aggregates to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of over
13,000 km of roads and bridges across all 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory.