By Usman Peter
Director in Charge of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC Mrs. Esther Kwaghe, has assured service providers for the 2020 pilgrimage exercise that the Commission would be transparent and honest in selecting service providers for this year’s Pilgrimage.
She disclosed this on Monday at the commission’s Headquarters in Abuja, during the 2020 Bid Opening for Ground Handlers and Air Carriers for this year’s Pilgrimage Operations to Israel and Rome.
NCPC boss said, “We are willing to do what is right and only what is right will set us free as enshrined in our ground norm’.
Mrs. Kwaghe stressed that the Bid Opening exercise was a very important activity of the Commission. She described it as a ‘starting point for the 2020 Pilgrimage exercise’ which would enable the Commission to get the needed approval early enough for the smooth running of this year’s operation.
She further reiterated that the 2020 Bid Opening exercise for Ground Handlers and Air Carriers was in line with the 2007 Public Procurement Act.
She assured the service providers and stakeholders that the outcome of the Bid Opening exercise would be acceptable by all as the Commission would involve other stakeholders in the evaluation process.
The Director in Charge urged the Ground Handlers and Air Carriers to continue to support and advance the cause of Christian Pilgrimage, ‘describing them as partners in the pilgrimage project’.
About six Ground Handlers and three Air Carriers participated in the Bid Opening exercise.
Observers from the Civil Society Organizations, CSOs as well as officials of the Bureau of Public Procurement, were in attendance.