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NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (NCC)
INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FROM REPUTABLE INFRASTRUCTURE COMPANIES (INFRACOS) FOR THE PROVISION OF BROADBAND ON AN OPEN ACCESS MODEL THROUGH THE DEPLOYMENT OF OPTIC FIBRE INFRASTRUCTURE NETWORK IN THE NORTH CENTRAL ZONES 
1. INTRODUCTION
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria announces its intention to commence License of InfraCos for the North Central Zone. The InfraCos will deploy metropolitan fibre infrastructure within its assigned territory on an open access, non-discriminatory, price regulated basis.
The Open Access Model has been examined as the model for optic fibre backbone infrastructure in Nigeria to bridge the current broadband gap and deliver fast, reliable broadband services to households and businesses. It is envisaged to address the challenges congested and unplanned towns, the challenges around infrastructure sharing and other issues such as Right of Way.
The Commission has adopted a phased approach in the licensing of the Seven (7) InfraCos across the country starting with Lagos, in the first phase, the other five zones (North East, North West, South East, South West and South South) in the second phase, and now North Central in the third phase.
2. SCOPE OF SERVICE
Selection of Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos) for the deployment of Optic Fibre Infrastructure  Network on an Open Access, non-discriminatory, price regulated basis, to bridge the current broadband gap and deliver fast, reliable broadband services to households and businesses, in the North Central Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria.
3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
Interested firms and Service Providers are to submit two (2) bound EoI documents signed, paginated, separated by dividers and arranged in the order stipulated below:
a) Evidence of certificate of Incorporation with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including form CAC02 and CAC07;
b) Evidence of Firm’s current Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three years (2015, 2016 & 2017) valid till 31st December, 2018; with minimum average turnover of N500million;
c) Evidence of current Pension Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2018.
d) Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2018.
e) Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2018.
f) Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring 1/1/2019 or valid Certificate issued by BPP.
g) Evidence of Firm’s registration with relevant Professional Regulator Bodies (COREN)
h) Sworn affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder, that the company is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to effectively discharge their responsibility if engaged and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars.
i) Company’s Audited Account for the last three (3) years (2015, 2016, 2017);
j) Evidence of financial capability to execute the project by submission of Reference Letter from a reputable commercial bank indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed;
k) Company profile with the curriculum vitae of key staff to be deployed for the project including copies of their Academic/Professional qualifications (COREN)
l) Verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs executed in the last five (5) years including Letters of Award, Valuation Certificates Job Completion Certificates and Photographs of the Projects;
m) For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (all eligibility requirements are compulsory for each JV Partner);
n) 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 Numbers (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 authorized officer of the Firm.
4. SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI)
Interested Firms are to submit two (2) bound of Expression of Interest (EoI) documents separated by dividers and arranged as indicated above. The documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed to
“The Executive Vice Chairman,
Nigerian Communications Commission,
Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street,
Maitama, Abuja”
And clearly marked with “Open Access Model”. Furthermore, the reverse of each sealed envelope should have the name and address of the bidder and drop at the designated Tender Box (at the Office of the Head of Procurement, 2nd Floor, Nigerian Communications Commission, Head Office, Maitama, Abuja) not later than 12:00 noon, Monday, 3rd December, 2018.
5. OPENING OF EOI DOCUMENTS
The EoI documents will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Monday, 3rd December, 2018.
in the Conference Room of the Commission’s Head Office, 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja in the presence of the bidders or their representatives. Please, ensure that you sign the Bid Submission Register in the Office of the Head, Procurement, as the Commission will not be held liable for misplaced or wrongly submitted bids. For further enquiries, please contact the Head, Procurement on e-mail [email protected]
6. GENERAL INFORMATION 
a. Bids must be in English Language and signed by an official authorized by the bidder;
b. This advertisement is published for information purposes only and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the Commission to award a contract;
c. Please note that copies of Tax Clearance and Pencom Certificates may be forwarded to relevant Government Authorities for validation by the Commission in the course of the bidding process;
d. All shortlisted bidders will be contacted at a later date for collection of Request for Proposal (RfP) upon evidence of non-refundable payment of the sum of N10,000.00 (Ten Thousand Naira) payable to the Federal Government Treasury Single Account, in favour of Nigerian Communications Commission;
e. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) 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;
f. The Commission will not be responsible for any cost or expenses incurred by any interested party in connection with any response to an inquiry nor shall it entitle any party submitting documents to claim any indemnity from the Commission;
g. The Commission is not bound to shortlist any bidder and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities and assigning any reason thereof.
Signed:
Nnamdi Nwokike
Director, Public Affairs
Nigerian Communications Commission
423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja.
Tel: +234 – 9 – 4617000 – 29. Fax: +234 – 9 – 4617514.
Toll Free No: 622. E-mail: [email protected]
http:www.ncc.gov.ng
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST
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