At least 39 construction companies have thrown their hats into the ring and are competing for the right to build the new proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge in Lagos.
Some of the heavyweights include Julius Berger, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, Kyeryong Construction Company, Pythgoras Holdings, CRCCCI Nigeria, China State Construction and Engineering Corporation Nigeria Limited, Bua International Limited, China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation Company Limited.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye, revealed that the opening bid was the first of the six stages before a winner would be selected
She said since the government did not have the fund for the project, it had to place it under the Public-Private Partnership arrangement, adding that the government was encouraged by the number of companies that bade for the project worldwide. Adeyoye explained that the next step, which was the evaluation stage, which would start as early as Thursday.
She disclosed that 39 companies expressed interest in the project and the bid was opened publicly to get investors’ confidence.
The Managing Director, Advanced Engineering Consultants, Dr Peter Agunbiade said companies in Europe, Asia and others duly expressed interest in the project, assuring bidders that the state government would ensure transparency in executing the bid.