Federal Government of Nigeria Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (Step B) Project
National Universities Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN)
Credit No. 4304-UNI
Invitation For Procurement of Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Based Broadband Network Insfrastructure and services (Two-Stage Bidding)
IFB No. STEP-B/NUC/NgREN/ICB/GDS/2/12
Date of Issuance: 2nd October, 2012
This invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice for this Project that appeared in Development Business, issue no. 591 of 2nd July, 2007.
The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has received a credit from the International Development Association toward the cost of Science and Technology Education Post Basic Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this credit to payments under the Contract for the Procurement of Multi-Protocol Level Switching (MPLS) based Broadband Network Infrastructure and Services
The National Universities Commission, Abuja, Nigeria, participating in the implementation of the Science and Technology Education Post Basic Project, now invites sealed bids from eligible and qualified bidders for the:
Level Switching (MPLS)
Bidding will be conducted using the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) procedures specified in the World Bank’s Guidelines: Procurement under IBRD Loans ind IDA Credits and is open to all Bidders from eligible source countries as defined in the Guidelines that meet the following minimum qualification criteria:
Documentary Evidence of at least two contracts involving the development, installation and provision of technical support for Information Systems of similar nature, functional/technical characteristics and value during the last three (3) years;
Audited Financial Statements for the last 3 years to demonstrate the financial capability of the Bidder in terms of turnover and adequate working capital;
Manufacturer’s Authorizations for Information Technologies - except for those technologies which the Bidder itself manufactures - are required for the following types’categories: All active (i.e. powered) equipment and all software.
A margin of preference for eligible national contractors shall be applied. Additional details, are provided in the bidding Documents.
Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from STEP-B Project Office, National Universities Commission, Abtja, Nigeria at the address below and inspect the Bidding Documents from 9:00am to 4:00pm Mondays Fridays, except on public holidays.
A complete set of Bidding Documents in English may be purchased by interested bidders on the submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of N 15000.00 (Fifteen Thousand Naira) equivalent of USD 100.00 (One hundred United States Dollars). The method of payment will be bank draft in favor of National Universities Commission STEP-B Project. The Bidding Documents will be collected by the representative of the Bidder directly or by courier services paid by the bidder on request. A pre-bid meeting which potential bidders may attend will be held on 30th October, 2012.
A two-stage bidding process will be used. The two-stage bidding process will proceed as follows:
The first stage bid will consist of a technical bid only, without any reference to prices, but including a list of any deviations to the technical and commercial conditions set forth in the bidding documents and/or adding any alternative technical solutions a Bidder wishes to offer, and a justification therefore, always provided that such deviations or alternative solutions do not change the essential requirements specified in the bidding documents. Following the evaluation of first stage bids, a Bidder that adequately meets the minimum acceptable qualification criteria and has submitted a sufficiently technically responsive bid may be contacted for clarification on any aspect of their solution. All suitably qualified and eligible Bidders shall receive invitations to submit second stage bids.
The second stage bid will consist of: (i) the updated technical bid incorporating all changes required as recorded in the bidder-specific memorandum, and/or as necessary to reflect any Addenda to the bidding documents issued subsequent to the first bidding-stage; and (ii) the commercial bid. Any required bid-specific changes, additions, deletions and other adjustments will be noted and recorded in a memorandum, or, if amendments are of a general nature, will be promulgated via an addendum to the bidding documents.
First stage bids must be delivered to the address below at or before 12.00 noon on 27th November, 2012. Late bids will be rejected. First stage bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representatives, who choose to attend at the address below at 12.00 noon on 27th November, 2012.
The address referred to above is:
NUC STEP-B Project Office, Virtual Library Building,
National Universities Commission,
26, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama-Abuja
P.M.B. 237, Garki, GPO, Abuja, Nigeria
TEL: +234-8027455412,7054407741,7039254O8l Ext. 2232 or 2233
Project Manager, NUC STEP-B