Expression of Interest (EOI) - Construction of Infrastructure at Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF)

Posted by Future on Mon 22nd Nov, 2021 -

The Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF) invites interested and reputable consulting firm(s) to tender EOI documents for the following works:

The Solid Minerals Development Fund (SMDF) is a Government Fund located in Nigeria, Africa.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Engagement of a Consulting Firm to Provide Project Management Service for the Construction of Infrastructure in Mines Land

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the development of salt deposits in Ebonyi State and the Nigeria brine belt situated in the Benue Trough. Mining is one of Nigeria's most promising growth sectors. Nigeria has 44 known types of minerals of varying mixes and proven quantities

Overview of the Solid Minerals Development Fund
The Solid Minerals Development Fund ("SMDF" or the "Fund") is a Government-owned Fund established to drive investments in Nigeria s mining sector. The Fund was established in 2007 by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the 2007 Minerals and Mining Act. SMDF is a unique government funding vehicle focused on driving critical interventions that maximize the recovery and impact of capital deployed.

The mandates of the Fund include the development of physical and human capacity in the Nigerian mining sector, funding for geo-scientific data gathering storage, and retrieval to meet the needs of the private sector-led mining industry, equipping the mining institutions to enable them to perform their statutory functions, funding for the extension services to small scale and artisanal mining Operators and provision of mining-related infrastructure in mines land.

Salt Mining in Ebonyi State 
In Ebonyi State, the brine salt deposits have been identified in six out of the total number of 13 Local Government Axis of the state (Ohazara, Ikwo, Onichi, Abakaliki, Afikpo North, and Ishiclu). The highest grada deposits are located within. the Uhuru Salt Lake and the Okpasi salt ponds. The Uhuru Salt Lake which is central to the proposed initial inspection, has a long history that predates colonial times and has been a significant source of brine and edible salts in the last 100 years. The lake has equally been a substantial source of income for the host community and neighboring communities, with an estimated population of over 1 million. The Uhuru Salt Lake lies at longitude 6' o'to 6'10'N. To fast-track these salt deposit's development, the Solid Minerals Development Fund is implementing a comprehensive mining-related infrastructure in mines land in line with its mandate.

  • The Consultant will execute all project management services responsible for the delivery of infrastructure works and support the client in procuring a Contractor to execute the works.
Required Qualifications and Experience
The Consultant must be a single legal entity with all other necessary expertise secured via subcontract or joint venture arrangement. The SMDF will enter into a single contract to deliver the works set out in these Terms of Reference. Reports written in English and Consultants will be expected to have a strong command of written English. The skills and experience required of the Consultant should include, among other things, knowledge concerning:
  • Project Management Consultancy and Delivery of Infrastructure
  • Experience in Water Retaining Structures
Selection Method:
  • The Assignment/Service shall be procured in accordance with the Bureau of Public Procurement Selection of Consulting Firme Complex Lump-Sum.
Eligibility Requirements
All respondents to this Expression of Interest are required to provide the following documents/information in line with Section 1646) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, as a basis for pre-qualification:
  • Evidence of Certificate of incorporation issued by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Forms CAC2 and CAC7. or Business Name where applicable.
  • Evidence of firm's Tax Clearance Certificate (or Personal Income Tax Clearance Certificates of all the Partners in case of Business Name) for the last three (3) years valid till 31 December, 2011.
  • Evidence of Pension Clearance Certificate valid til 31" December, 2021 (this requirement is only applicable to bidders whose number of staff is 15 and above).
  • Evidence of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31" December, 2021 (this requirement is only applicable to bidders whose number of staff is 5 and above or the bidder's annual turnover is N50m and above).
  • Evidence of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid till 31 December, 2021.
  • Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/12/2021 or valid Certificate issued by BPP.
  • Sworn Affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the Solid Minerals Development Fund or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any Financial interest in the bidder and lo confirm thal all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars.
  • Company's Audited Accounts for the last three (3) ycars 2018, 2019, 2020.
  • Reference Letter from a reputable commercial bank in Nigeria indicating a willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed.
  • Evidence of the Company's current practice license issued by the relevant regulatory professional regulatory body(ies).
  • Company's Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of Key Staff to be deployed for the project, including copies of their Academic,Professional qualifications.
  • Verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs executed in the last five (5) years, including Letters of Awards, Valuation Certificates, Job Completion Certificates and Photographs of the projects.
  • For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) should be provided (CAC, Tax Clearance Certificate, Pension Clearance Certificate, ITF Compliance Certificate, NSITF Clearance Certificate, IRR & Sworn Affidavit are compulsory for each JV Partner) Certificate of Incorporation and Tax applicable to foreign firms.
  • All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm's Letter Head Paper bearing, amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM No.), and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorised officer of the firm.
Application Closing Date
12:00 noon (Nigerian Time), 7th December, 2021.

Opening of EOI
The EOI shall be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon (Nigerian Time) on 7 December, 2021.

Submission of Expression of Interest
EOI/Pre-qualification Documents, which must be prepared in English Language, and should be submitted in Seven (7) copies (one of which must be marked original copy) in a sealed envelope clearly marked "Request for Expressions of Interest for the Engagement of a Consulting Fim to Project Management Services for the Construction of infrastructure in Mines Land".

EOI/Pre-qualification Documents should be addressed and delivered to:
Chief Procurement Officer,
Solid Minerals Development Fund,
16 Yedseram Street,

Maitama - (FCT) Abuja.

Additional Information
  • Bids must be in English Language and signed by an official authorised by the bidders.
  • Bids submitted after the deadline for submission would be returned un-opened.
  • All costs will be borne by the bidders.
  • Presence of bidders/representatives and members of the public shall not be required during the bid opening ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines. The Bids Opening will be covered by video recording invitation link will be sent to bidders to join the bid opening online with the presence of two (2) representatives of private sector professional bodies and Civil Society Organisation in the areas of Anti Corruption/Transparency.
  • Bidders can submit through Post(Courier Services).
  • Only shortlisted firms will be contacted at a later date for collection of Request for proposals.
  • The SMDF is not bound to shortlist any bidder and reserves the right to annul the Procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act 2007.