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Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Invitation to Tender for the Development and Deployment of Local Content for E-Learning

(1) Introduction

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal service and universal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria.

Over the years, the USPF has implemented several projects across the country to promote ICT life style and inclusion. In order to improve the sustainability of these projects, the USPF wishes to partner with local companies to develop and deploy local content and application in some of the projects. Adequate funds are made available in its 2016 budget to meet this purpose.

(2) PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Local Content Development and Deployment project will involve the deployment of an educational software which is an embodiment of the Nigerian education curriculum: developed to aid all students/pupils in primary and secondary schools and also complement classroom learning as well as an examination preparatory tool.

(3) OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The objectives of the project are to:

(a) Promote the development of local content and application that would be used to improve the sustainability of USPF schools project.

(b) Bring e-learning within the reach of more Nigerian students

(c) Help improve the standard of ICT learning

(d) Reduce failure rates across all schools, particularly in the rural areas.

(e) Promote indigenous software developers and foster technological transfer

(f) Increase the use of USPF deployed ICT tools across the country with a user friendly software that have easy understanding to the students and easy training for the ICT teachers.

(g) Integrate secondary school students on graduation into the mainstream of ICT industry in Nigeria

(4) SCOPE OF WORK

The scope of work shall include but not limited to the following:

(a) Carryout a survey of schools to determine the state of their ICT tools for deployment of the local content software.

(b) Deployment of multi-user local content software and application in USPF e-learning projects across the country and for the management of student data with e-learning content environment.

(c) Install and configure of the multi-user local content e-leaning software and application in all the listed schools.

(d) Train the teachers and students of beneficiary institutions on the use and management of the e-learning local content software.

(e) Provide support throughout the tenure of the contract, this includes both the implementation and transition period which involve technical training for the school’s support staff and comprehensive handover of all the administrative details and powers (such as software keys, super admin tools, license etc.) to the beneficiary institutions upon completion of the project to ensure programme sustainability.

(f) Remote monitoring, support and maintenance of the beneficiary institutions for a period of twelve (12) months.

(5) DELIVERABLES

The deliverables shall include:

(a) An agreed work plan for the project

(b) Local content instructional material aimed at helping the pupils/student to quickly understand key educational concepts in mathematics, science subjects etc.

(c) Report showing deployment, testing and commissioning of local content application for use in USPF e-learning projects.

(d) Report showing training of students and teachers on the use of local content.

(e) Quarterly report evidencing monitoring and evaluation on the use of the local content applications.

(f) Detailed final report on the implementation (hard and soft copies) showing outcome of monitoring and evaluation within the contract implementation period.

(g) Detailed final report in hard and soft copies after 12 months support period showing the outcome of the support, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

(6) PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

In recognition of proprietary rights, all bids would be treated with confidentiality, and the proposals would be evaluated based on merit and compatibility with USPF projects.

(7) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Interested qualified companies are required to demonstrate the following competencies:

(A) Specific Condition:

The firm must:

(a) Be a structured company that possess both human and material resources such as equipment, infrastructure and have in place an organized multiple teams to execute the project within the contract period.

(b) Submit to the USPF a verifiable sample of the solution and associated tools for the project

(c) Have experience in ICT / software deployment

(d) Have evidence of relevant technical experience with verifiable reference to similar assignment deployed in Nigeria (please attach letters of reference).

(B) GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All bids must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and interested bidders must submit the following:

(a) Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies must enclose a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation. Certified True Copies (CTC) of Forms CAC 7 and CAC 2.

(b) CTC of the Articles and Memorandum of Association of their Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives

(c) Three years Tax Clearance certificates (2013, 2014, 2015)

(d) Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.

(e) Audited accounts for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015)

(f) Evidence of filing annual returns for the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) with Corporate Affaire Commission

(g) Verifiable evidence of financial capacity to execute the project (annual turnover of at least N50,000.000.00).

(h) A proper understanding of the ICT industry and evidence of similar works done.

(i) Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical staff with addresses and phone numbers

(j) Current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM and evidence of Compliance Certificate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act No. 19 of 2011

(k) Evidence of compliance with the Employee’s Compensation Act which stipulates a remittance of 1% of the total annual emolument of workers to NSITF

(1) Evidence of registration on the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service providers. Bidders are requested to submit an Interim Registration Report issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as the evidence of compliance with this requirement in line with the provision of Section 5(h) of the PPA, 2007.

(m) A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this project.

(8) BID BOND

All bids above the sum prescribed by the BPP shall be accompanied by a bid security in the amount not more than 2% of the bid price by a way of bank guarantee issued by a reputable bank acceptable to USPF in line with Section 26 (1) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

(9) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Qualified Companies wishing to respond to this Invitation must purchase a copy of the Tender Document, which provides more detailed information on the scope and requirements of the project from the Procurement Department, USPF Secretariat. A non-refundable tendering fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only is required to purchase the Tender Document which must be payable to Universal Service Provision Fund through the CBN payment gateway (REMITA) platform. Evidence of payment must be submitted to the Funding and Subsidy Department, USPF for the Tender Receipt, which must be presented to the procurement department for the tender document.

(10) METHOD OF SUBMISSION OF BIDS

(i) All Bidders shall submit three (3) copies of their Tender Documents in separate sealed envelopes with the first copy marked “Original Bid” and the 2nd and 3rd copies marked “Copy of Bid”.

(ii) Each Bid Package shall be clearly marked with the following information:

Technical Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/TECHNICAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Financial Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/FINANCIAL/2016 at the top right hand corner
Bid Bond: USPF/BB/LCD/2016 at the top right hand corner
Name of bidders on each of the enclosed documents
Contact Name, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.
(iii) All bidders shall also prepare one electronic copy of the Tender Document (in USB flash, in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format).

(iv) A Certified-True-Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head, Procurement Department must be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/LCD/2016.

(v) All copies of the bids shall be duly signed by an authorized representative of the bidder. In the event of any discrepancy between copies, the original shall govern.

(vi) Bidders should note that technical and financial bids shall be in two separate sealed envelopes marked clearly and then put in a bigger box or envelope which shall be sealed and tamper proof. Combining Technical and Financial Bids in the Same Envelope will lead to Automatic Disqualification

(vii) USPF will assume no responsibility for the content of tamper evident bids or for non-compliance with the above instruction. Bids that do not comply with this section may be rejected.

(viii) Submissions may be subject to verification from the relevant authorities. Fake documents and false declaration may be forwarded to the relevant prosecution authorities.

(11) DEADLINE FORSUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

All tender documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked USPF LCD 2016 – at the top right corner with name of the company clearly printed on the reverse side of the envelope. The Tender Document must reach the office of the undersigned on or before 28th June, 2016 by 11.00am.

The Secretary

Universal Service Provision Secretariat

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office 9th Floor,

Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT.

(KINDLY NOTE THAT BIDS WILL BE OPENED IMMEDIATELY ON THE SAME DAY by 11.00 a.m)

(12) DISCLAIMER

(a) Submissions after the date and time specified above shall be rejected.

(b) All cost incurred by bidders in response to this advert or enquiries shall be borne by such bidders and not the USPF

(c) USPF is not bound to shortlist any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or proffering any reasons for the annulment.

(d) This advertisement is published for information purposes, and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the USPF to award contract.

For further clarification on the advertisement, please email: uspfprocurement@ncc.gov.ng

Signed:

Management,

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office, 9th Floor, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT. http://www.uspf.gov.ng

Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Invitation to Tender for the Development and Deployment of Local Content for E-Learning

(1) Introduction

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal service and universal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria.

Over the years, the USPF has implemented several projects across the country to promote ICT life style and inclusion. In order to improve the sustainability of these projects, the USPF wishes to partner with local companies to develop and deploy local content and application in some of the projects. Adequate funds are made available in its 2016 budget to meet this purpose.

(2) PROJ ECT DESCRIPTION

The Local Content Development and Deployment project will involve the deployment of an educational software which is an embodiment of the Nigerian education curriculum: developed to aid all students/pupils in primary and secondary schools and also complement classroom learning as well as an examination preparatory tool.

(3) OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The objectives of the project are to:

(a) Promote the development of local content and application that would be used to improve the sustainability of USPF schools project.

(b) Bring e-learning within the reach of more Nigerian students

(c) Help improve the standard of ICT learning

(d) Reduce failure rates across all schools, particularly in the rural areas.

(e) Promote indigenous software developers and foster technological transfer

(f) Increase the use of USPF deployed ICT tools across the country with a user friendly software that have easy understanding to the students and easy training for the ICT teachers.

(g) Integrate secondary school students on graduation into the mainstream of ICT industry in Nigeria

(4) SCOPE OF WORK

The scope of work shall include but not limited to the following:

(a) Carryout a survey of schools to determine the state of their ICT tools for deployment of the local content software.

(b) Deployment of multi-user local content software and application in USPF e-learning projects across the country and for the management of student data with e-learning content environment.

(c) Install and configure of the multi-user local content e-leaning software and application in all the listed schools.

(d) Train the teachers and students of beneficiary institutions on the use and management of the e-learning local content software.

(e) Provide support throughout the tenure of the contract, this includes both the implementation and transition period which involve technical training for the school’s support staff and comprehensive handover of all the administrative details and powers (such as software keys, super admin tools, license etc.) to the beneficiary institutions upon completion of the project to ensure programme sustainability.

(f) Remote monitoring, support and maintenance of the beneficiary institutions for a period of twelve (12) months.

(5) DELIVERABLES

The deliverables shall include:

(a) An agreed work plan for the project

(b) Local content instructional material aimed at helping the pupils/student to quickly understand key educational concepts in mathematics, science subjects etc.

(c) Report showing deployment, testing and commissioning of local content application for use in USPF e-learning projects.

(d) Report showing training of students and teachers on the use of local content.

(e) Quarterly report evidencing monitoring and evaluation on the use of the local content applications.

(f) Detailed final report on the implementation (hard and soft copies) showing outcome of monitoring and evaluation within the contract implementation period.

(g) Detailed final report in hard and soft copies after 12 months support period showing the outcome of the support, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

(6) PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

In recognition of proprietary rights, all bids would be treated with confidentiality, and the proposals would be evaluated based on merit and compatibility with USPF projects.

(7) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Interested qualified companies are required to demonstrate the following competencies:

(A) Specific Condition:

The firm must:

(a) Be a structured company that possess both human and material resources such as equipment, infrastructure and have in place an organized multiple teams to execute the project within the contract period.

(b) Submit to the USPF a verifiable sample of the solution and associated tools for the project

(c) Have experience in ICT / software deployment

(d) Have evidence of relevant technical experience with verifiable reference to similar assignment deployed in Nigeria (please attach letters of reference).

(B) GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All bids must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and interested bidders must submit the following:

(a) Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies must enclose a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation. Certified True Copies (CTC) of Forms CAC 7 and CAC 2.

(b) CTC of the Articles and Memorandum of Association of their Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives

(c) Three years Tax Clearance certificates (2013, 2014, 2015)

(d) Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.

(e) Audited accounts for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015)

(f) Evidence of filing annual returns for the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) with Corporate Affaire Commission

(g) Verifiable evidence of financial capacity to execute the project (annual turnover of at least N50,000.000.00).

(h) A proper understanding of the ICT industry and evidence of similar works done.

(i) Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical staff with addresses and phone numbers

(j) Current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM and evidence of Compliance Certificate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act No. 19 of 2011

(k) Evidence of compliance with the Employee’s Compensation Act which stipulates a remittance of 1% of the total annual emolument of workers to NSITF

(1) Evidence of registration on the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service providers. Bidders are requested to submit an Interim Registration Report issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as the evidence of compliance with this requirement in line with the provision of Section 5(h) of the PPA, 2007.

(m) A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this project.

(8) BID BOND

All bids above the sum prescribed by the BPP shall be accompanied by a bid security in the amount not more than 2% of the bid price by a way of bank guarantee issued by a reputable bank acceptable to USPF in line with Section 26 (1) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

(9) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Qualified Companies wishing to respond to this Invitation must purchase a copy of the Tender Document, which provides more detailed information on the scope and requirements of the project from the Procurement Department, USPF Secretariat. A non-refundable tendering fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only is required to purchase the Tender Document which must be payable to Universal Service Provision Fund through the CBN payment gateway (REMITA) platform. Evidence of payment must be submitted to the Funding and Subsidy Department, USPF for the Tender Receipt, which must be presented to the procurement department for the tender document.

(10) METHOD OF SUBMISSION OF BIDS

(i) All Bidders shall submit three (3) copies of their Tender Documents in separate sealed envelopes with the first copy marked “Original Bid” and the 2nd and 3rd copies marked “Copy of Bid”.

(ii) Each Bid Package shall be clearly marked with the following information:

Technical Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/TECHNICAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Financial Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/FINANCIAL/2016 at the top right hand corner
Bid Bond: USPF/BB/LCD/2016 at the top right hand corner
Name of bidders on each of the enclosed documents
Contact Name, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.
(iii) All bidders shall also prepare one electronic copy of the Tender Document (in USB flash, in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format).

(iv) A Certified-True-Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head, Procurement Department must be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/LCD/2016.

(v) All copies of the bids shall be duly signed by an authorized representative of the bidder. In the event of any discrepancy between copies, the original shall govern.

(vi) Bidders should note that technical and financial bids shall be in two separate sealed envelopes marked clearly and then put in a bigger box or envelope which shall be sealed and tamper proof. Combining Technical and Financial Bids in the Same Envelope will lead to Automatic Disqualification

(vii) USPF will assume no responsibility for the content of tamper evident bids or for non-compliance with the above instruction. Bids that do not comply with this section may be rejected.

(viii) Submissions may be subject to verification from the relevant authorities. Fake documents and false declaration may be forwarded to the relevant prosecution authorities.

(11) DEADLINE FORSUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

All tender documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked USPF LCD 2016 – at the top right corner with name of the company clearly printed on the reverse side of the envelope. The Tender Document must reach the office of the undersigned on or before 28th June, 2016 by 11.00am.

The Secretary

Universal Service Provision Secretariat

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office 9th Floor,

Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT.

(KINDLY NOTE THAT BIDS WILL BE OPENED IMMEDIATELY ON THE SAME DAY by 11.00 a.m)

(12) DISCLAIMER

(a) Submissions after the date and time specified above shall be rejected.

(b) All cost incurred by bidders in response to this advert or enquiries shall be borne by such bidders and not the USPF

(c) USPF is not bound to shortlist any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or proffering any reasons for the annulment.

(d) This advertisement is published for information purposes, and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the USPF to award contract.

For further clarification on the advertisement, please email: uspfprocurement@ncc.gov.ng

Signed:

Management,

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office, 9th Floor, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT. http://www.uspf.gov.ng

Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Invitation to Tender for the Development and Deployment of Local Content for E-Learning

(1) Introduction

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal service and universal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria.

Over the years, the USPF has implemented several projects across the country to promote ICT life style and inclusion. In order to improve the sustainability of these projects, the USPF wishes to partner with local companies to develop and deploy local content and application in some of the projects. Adequate funds are made available in its 2016 budget to meet this purpose.

(2) PROJ ECT DESCRIPTION

The Local Content Development and Deployment project will involve the deployment of an educational software which is an embodiment of the Nigerian education curriculum: developed to aid all students/pupils in primary and secondary schools and also complement classroom learning as well as an examination preparatory tool.

(3) OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The objectives of the project are to:

(a) Promote the development of local content and application that would be used to improve the sustainability of USPF schools project.

(b) Bring e-learning within the reach of more Nigerian students

(c) Help improve the standard of ICT learning

(d) Reduce failure rates across all schools, particularly in the rural areas.

(e) Promote indigenous software developers and foster technological transfer

(f) Increase the use of USPF deployed ICT tools across the country with a user friendly software that have easy understanding to the students and easy training for the ICT teachers.

(g) Integrate secondary school students on graduation into the mainstream of ICT industry in Nigeria

(4) SCOPE OF WORK

The scope of work shall include but not limited to the following:

(a) Carryout a survey of schools to determine the state of their ICT tools for deployment of the local content software.

(b) Deployment of multi-user local content software and application in USPF e-learning projects across the country and for the management of student data with e-learning content environment.

(c) Install and configure of the multi-user local content e-leaning software and application in all the listed schools.

(d) Train the teachers and students of beneficiary institutions on the use and management of the e-learning local content software.

(e) Provide support throughout the tenure of the contract, this includes both the implementation and transition period which involve technical training for the school’s support staff and comprehensive handover of all the administrative details and powers (such as software keys, super admin tools, license etc.) to the beneficiary institutions upon completion of the project to ensure programme sustainability.

(f) Remote monitoring, support and maintenance of the beneficiary institutions for a period of twelve (12) months.

(5) DELIVERABLES

The deliverables shall include:

(a) An agreed work plan for the project

(b) Local content instructional material aimed at helping the pupils/student to quickly understand key educational concepts in mathematics, science subjects etc.

(c) Report showing deployment, testing and commissioning of local content application for use in USPF e-learning projects.

(d) Report showing training of students and teachers on the use of local content.

(e) Quarterly report evidencing monitoring and evaluation on the use of the local content applications.

(f) Detailed final report on the implementation (hard and soft copies) showing outcome of monitoring and evaluation within the contract implementation period.

(g) Detailed final report in hard and soft copies after 12 months support period showing the outcome of the support, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

(6) PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

In recognition of proprietary rights, all bids would be treated with confidentiality, and the proposals would be evaluated based on merit and compatibility with USPF projects.

(7) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Interested qualified companies are required to demonstrate the following competencies:

(A) Specific Condition:

The firm must:

(a) Be a structured company that possess both human and material resources such as equipment, infrastructure and have in place an organized multiple teams to execute the project within the contract period.

(b) Submit to the USPF a verifiable sample of the solution and associated tools for the project

(c) Have experience in ICT / software deployment

(d) Have evidence of relevant technical experience with verifiable reference to similar assignment deployed in Nigeria (please attach letters of reference).

(B) GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All bids must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and interested bidders must submit the following:

(a) Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies must enclose a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation. Certified True Copies (CTC) of Forms CAC 7 and CAC 2.

(b) CTC of the Articles and Memorandum of Association of their Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives

(c) Three years Tax Clearance certificates (2013, 2014, 2015)

(d) Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.

(e) Audited accounts for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015)

(f) Evidence of filing annual returns for the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) with Corporate Affaire Commission

(g) Verifiable evidence of financial capacity to execute the project (annual turnover of at least N50,000.000.00).

(h) A proper understanding of the ICT industry and evidence of similar works done.

(i) Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical staff with addresses and phone numbers

(j) Current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM and evidence of Compliance Certificate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act No. 19 of 2011

(k) Evidence of compliance with the Employee’s Compensation Act which stipulates a remittance of 1% of the total annual emolument of workers to NSITF

(1) Evidence of registration on the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service providers. Bidders are requested to submit an Interim Registration Report issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as the evidence of compliance with this requirement in line with the provision of Section 5(h) of the PPA, 2007.

(m) A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this project.

(8) BID BOND

All bids above the sum prescribed by the BPP shall be accompanied by a bid security in the amount not more than 2% of the bid price by a way of bank guarantee issued by a reputable bank acceptable to USPF in line with Section 26 (1) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

(9) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Qualified Companies wishing to respond to this Invitation must purchase a copy of the Tender Document, which provides more detailed information on the scope and requirements of the project from the Procurement Department, USPF Secretariat. A non-refundable tendering fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only is required to purchase the Tender Document which must be payable to Universal Service Provision Fund through the CBN payment gateway (REMITA) platform. Evidence of payment must be submitted to the Funding and Subsidy Department, USPF for the Tender Receipt, which must be presented to the procurement department for the tender document.

(10) METHOD OF SUBMISSION OF BIDS

(i) All Bidders shall submit three (3) copies of their Tender Documents in separate sealed envelopes with the first copy marked “Original Bid” and the 2nd and 3rd copies marked “Copy of Bid”.

(ii) Each Bid Package shall be clearly marked with the following information:

Technical Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/TECHNICAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Financial Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/FINANCIAL/2016 at the top right hand corner
Bid Bond: USPF/BB/LCD/2016 at the top right hand corner
Name of bidders on each of the enclosed documents
Contact Name, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.
(iii) All bidders shall also prepare one electronic copy of the Tender Document (in USB flash, in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format).

(iv) A Certified-True-Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head, Procurement Department must be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/LCD/2016.

(v) All copies of the bids shall be duly signed by an authorized representative of the bidder. In the event of any discrepancy between copies, the original shall govern.

(vi) Bidders should note that technical and financial bids shall be in two separate sealed envelopes marked clearly and then put in a bigger box or envelope which shall be sealed and tamper proof. Combining Technical and Financial Bids in the Same Envelope will lead to Automatic Disqualification

(vii) USPF will assume no responsibility for the content of tamper evident bids or for non-compliance with the above instruction. Bids that do not comply with this section may be rejected.

(viii) Submissions may be subject to verification from the relevant authorities. Fake documents and false declaration may be forwarded to the relevant prosecution authorities.

(11) DEADLINE FORSUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

All tender documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked USPF LCD 2016 – at the top right corner with name of the company clearly printed on the reverse side of the envelope. The Tender Document must reach the office of the undersigned on or before 28th June, 2016 by 11.00am.

The Secretary

Universal Service Provision Secretariat

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office 9th Floor,

Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT.

(KINDLY NOTE THAT BIDS WILL BE OPENED IMMEDIATELY ON THE SAME DAY by 11.00 a.m)

(12) DISCLAIMER

(a) Submissions after the date and time specified above shall be rejected.

(b) All cost incurred by bidders in response to this advert or enquiries shall be borne by such bidders and not the USPF

(c) USPF is not bound to shortlist any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or proffering any reasons for the annulment.

(d) This advertisement is published for information purposes, and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the USPF to award contract.

For further clarification on the advertisement, please email: uspfprocurement@ncc.gov.ng

Signed:

Management,

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office, 9th Floor, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT. http://www.uspf.gov.ng

Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Invitation to Tender for the Development and Deployment of Local Content for E-Learning

(1) Introduction

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal service and universal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria.

Over the years, the USPF has implemented several projects across the country to promote ICT life style and inclusion. In order to improve the sustainability of these projects, the USPF wishes to partner with local companies to develop and deploy local content and application in some of the projects. Adequate funds are made available in its 2016 budget to meet this purpose.

(2) PROJ ECT DESCRIPTION

The Local Content Development and Deployment project will involve the deployment of an educational software which is an embodiment of the Nigerian education curriculum: developed to aid all students/pupils in primary and secondary schools and also complement classroom learning as well as an examination preparatory tool.

(3) OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The objectives of the project are to:

(a) Promote the development of local content and application that would be used to improve the sustainability of USPF schools project.

(b) Bring e-learning within the reach of more Nigerian students

(c) Help improve the standard of ICT learning

(d) Reduce failure rates across all schools, particularly in the rural areas.

(e) Promote indigenous software developers and foster technological transfer

(f) Increase the use of USPF deployed ICT tools across the country with a user friendly software that have easy understanding to the students and easy training for the ICT teachers.

(g) Integrate secondary school students on graduation into the mainstream of ICT industry in Nigeria

(4) SCOPE OF WORK

The scope of work shall include but not limited to the following:

(a) Carryout a survey of schools to determine the state of their ICT tools for deployment of the local content software.

(b) Deployment of multi-user local content software and application in USPF e-learning projects across the country and for the management of student data with e-learning content environment.

(c) Install and configure of the multi-user local content e-leaning software and application in all the listed schools.

(d) Train the teachers and students of beneficiary institutions on the use and management of the e-learning local content software.

(e) Provide support throughout the tenure of the contract, this includes both the implementation and transition period which involve technical training for the school’s support staff and comprehensive handover of all the administrative details and powers (such as software keys, super admin tools, license etc.) to the beneficiary institutions upon completion of the project to ensure programme sustainability.

(f) Remote monitoring, support and maintenance of the beneficiary institutions for a period of twelve (12) months.

(5) DELIVERABLES

The deliverables shall include:

(a) An agreed work plan for the project

(b) Local content instructional material aimed at helping the pupils/student to quickly understand key educational concepts in mathematics, science subjects etc.

(c) Report showing deployment, testing and commissioning of local content application for use in USPF e-learning projects.

(d) Report showing training of students and teachers on the use of local content.

(e) Quarterly report evidencing monitoring and evaluation on the use of the local content applications.

(f) Detailed final report on the implementation (hard and soft copies) showing outcome of monitoring and evaluation within the contract implementation period.

(g) Detailed final report in hard and soft copies after 12 months support period showing the outcome of the support, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

(6) PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

In recognition of proprietary rights, all bids would be treated with confidentiality, and the proposals would be evaluated based on merit and compatibility with USPF projects.

(7) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Interested qualified companies are required to demonstrate the following competencies:

(A) Specific Condition:

The firm must:

(a) Be a structured company that possess both human and material resources such as equipment, infrastructure and have in place an organized multiple teams to execute the project within the contract period.

(b) Submit to the USPF a verifiable sample of the solution and associated tools for the project

(c) Have experience in ICT / software deployment

(d) Have evidence of relevant technical experience with verifiable reference to similar assignment deployed in Nigeria (please attach letters of reference).

(B) GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All bids must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and interested bidders must submit the following:

(a) Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies must enclose a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation. Certified True Copies (CTC) of Forms CAC 7 and CAC 2.

(b) CTC of the Articles and Memorandum of Association of their Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives

(c) Three years Tax Clearance certificates (2013, 2014, 2015)

(d) Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.

(e) Audited accounts for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015)

(f) Evidence of filing annual returns for the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) with Corporate Affaire Commission

(g) Verifiable evidence of financial capacity to execute the project (annual turnover of at least N50,000.000.00).

(h) A proper understanding of the ICT industry and evidence of similar works done.

(i) Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical staff with addresses and phone numbers

(j) Current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM and evidence of Compliance Certificate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act No. 19 of 2011

(k) Evidence of compliance with the Employee’s Compensation Act which stipulates a remittance of 1% of the total annual emolument of workers to NSITF

(1) Evidence of registration on the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service providers. Bidders are requested to submit an Interim Registration Report issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as the evidence of compliance with this requirement in line with the provision of Section 5(h) of the PPA, 2007.

(m) A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this project.

(8) BID BOND

All bids above the sum prescribed by the BPP shall be accompanied by a bid security in the amount not more than 2% of the bid price by a way of bank guarantee issued by a reputable bank acceptable to USPF in line with Section 26 (1) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

(9) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Qualified Companies wishing to respond to this Invitation must purchase a copy of the Tender Document, which provides more detailed information on the scope and requirements of the project from the Procurement Department, USPF Secretariat. A non-refundable tendering fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only is required to purchase the Tender Document which must be payable to Universal Service Provision Fund through the CBN payment gateway (REMITA) platform. Evidence of payment must be submitted to the Funding and Subsidy Department, USPF for the Tender Receipt, which must be presented to the procurement department for the tender document.

(10) METHOD OF SUBMISSION OF BIDS

(i) All Bidders shall submit three (3) copies of their Tender Documents in separate sealed envelopes with the first copy marked “Original Bid” and the 2nd and 3rd copies marked “Copy of Bid”.

(ii) Each Bid Package shall be clearly marked with the following information:

Technical Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/TECHNICAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Financial Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/FINANCIAL/2016 at the top right hand corner
Bid Bond: USPF/BB/LCD/2016 at the top right hand corner
Name of bidders on each of the enclosed documents
Contact Name, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.
(iii) All bidders shall also prepare one electronic copy of the Tender Document (in USB flash, in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format).

(iv) A Certified-True-Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head, Procurement Department must be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/LCD/2016.

(v) All copies of the bids shall be duly signed by an authorized representative of the bidder. In the event of any discrepancy between copies, the original shall govern.

(vi) Bidders should note that technical and financial bids shall be in two separate sealed envelopes marked clearly and then put in a bigger box or envelope which shall be sealed and tamper proof. Combining Technical and Financial Bids in the Same Envelope will lead to Automatic Disqualification

(vii) USPF will assume no responsibility for the content of tamper evident bids or for non-compliance with the above instruction. Bids that do not comply with this section may be rejected.

(viii) Submissions may be subject to verification from the relevant authorities. Fake documents and false declaration may be forwarded to the relevant prosecution authorities.

(11) DEADLINE FORSUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

All tender documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked USPF LCD 2016 – at the top right corner with name of the company clearly printed on the reverse side of the envelope. The Tender Document must reach the office of the undersigned on or before 28th June, 2016 by 11.00am.

The Secretary

Universal Service Provision Secretariat

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office 9th Floor,

Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT.

(KINDLY NOTE THAT BIDS WILL BE OPENED IMMEDIATELY ON THE SAME DAY by 11.00 a.m)

(12) DISCLAIMER

(a) Submissions after the date and time specified above shall be rejected.

(b) All cost incurred by bidders in response to this advert or enquiries shall be borne by such bidders and not the USPF

(c) USPF is not bound to shortlist any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or proffering any reasons for the annulment.

(d) This advertisement is published for information purposes, and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the USPF to award contract.

For further clarification on the advertisement, please email: uspfprocurement@ncc.gov.ng

Signed:

Management,

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office, 9th Floor, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT. http://www.uspf.gov.ng

Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Invitation to Tender for the Development and Deployment of Local Content for E-Learning

(1) Introduction

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal service and universal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria.

Over the years, the USPF has implemented several projects across the country to promote ICT life style and inclusion. In order to improve the sustainability of these projects, the USPF wishes to partner with local companies to develop and deploy local content and application in some of the projects. Adequate funds are made available in its 2016 budget to meet this purpose.

(2) PROJ ECT DESCRIPTION

The Local Content Development and Deployment project will involve the deployment of an educational software which is an embodiment of the Nigerian education curriculum: developed to aid all students/pupils in primary and secondary schools and also complement classroom learning as well as an examination preparatory tool.

(3) OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

The objectives of the project are to:

(a) Promote the development of local content and application that would be used to improve the sustainability of USPF schools project.

(b) Bring e-learning within the reach of more Nigerian students

(c) Help improve the standard of ICT learning

(d) Reduce failure rates across all schools, particularly in the rural areas.

(e) Promote indigenous software developers and foster technological transfer

(f) Increase the use of USPF deployed ICT tools across the country with a user friendly software that have easy understanding to the students and easy training for the ICT teachers.

(g) Integrate secondary school students on graduation into the mainstream of ICT industry in Nigeria

(4) SCOPE OF WORK

The scope of work shall include but not limited to the following:

(a) Carryout a survey of schools to determine the state of their ICT tools for deployment of the local content software.

(b) Deployment of multi-user local content software and application in USPF e-learning projects across the country and for the management of student data with e-learning content environment.

(c) Install and configure of the multi-user local content e-leaning software and application in all the listed schools.

(d) Train the teachers and students of beneficiary institutions on the use and management of the e-learning local content software.

(e) Provide support throughout the tenure of the contract, this includes both the implementation and transition period which involve technical training for the school’s support staff and comprehensive handover of all the administrative details and powers (such as software keys, super admin tools, license etc.) to the beneficiary institutions upon completion of the project to ensure programme sustainability.

(f) Remote monitoring, support and maintenance of the beneficiary institutions for a period of twelve (12) months.

(5) DELIVERABLES

The deliverables shall include:

(a) An agreed work plan for the project

(b) Local content instructional material aimed at helping the pupils/student to quickly understand key educational concepts in mathematics, science subjects etc.

(c) Report showing deployment, testing and commissioning of local content application for use in USPF e-learning projects.

(d) Report showing training of students and teachers on the use of local content.

(e) Quarterly report evidencing monitoring and evaluation on the use of the local content applications.

(f) Detailed final report on the implementation (hard and soft copies) showing outcome of monitoring and evaluation within the contract implementation period.

(g) Detailed final report in hard and soft copies after 12 months support period showing the outcome of the support, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

(6) PROPRIETARY RIGHTS

In recognition of proprietary rights, all bids would be treated with confidentiality, and the proposals would be evaluated based on merit and compatibility with USPF projects.

(7) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Interested qualified companies are required to demonstrate the following competencies:

(A) Specific Condition:

The firm must:

(a) Be a structured company that possess both human and material resources such as equipment, infrastructure and have in place an organized multiple teams to execute the project within the contract period.

(b) Submit to the USPF a verifiable sample of the solution and associated tools for the project

(c) Have experience in ICT / software deployment

(d) Have evidence of relevant technical experience with verifiable reference to similar assignment deployed in Nigeria (please attach letters of reference).

(B) GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All bids must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and interested bidders must submit the following:

(a) Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies must enclose a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation. Certified True Copies (CTC) of Forms CAC 7 and CAC 2.

(b) CTC of the Articles and Memorandum of Association of their Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives

(c) Three years Tax Clearance certificates (2013, 2014, 2015)

(d) Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.

(e) Audited accounts for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015)

(f) Evidence of filing annual returns for the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) with Corporate Affaire Commission

(g) Verifiable evidence of financial capacity to execute the project (annual turnover of at least N50,000.000.00).

(h) A proper understanding of the ICT industry and evidence of similar works done.

(i) Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical staff with addresses and phone numbers

(j) Current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM and evidence of Compliance Certificate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act No. 19 of 2011

(k) Evidence of compliance with the Employee’s Compensation Act which stipulates a remittance of 1% of the total annual emolument of workers to NSITF

(1) Evidence of registration on the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service providers. Bidders are requested to submit an Interim Registration Report issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as the evidence of compliance with this requirement in line with the provision of Section 5(h) of the PPA, 2007.

(m) A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this project.

(8) BID BOND

All bids above the sum prescribed by the BPP shall be accompanied by a bid security in the amount not more than 2% of the bid price by a way of bank guarantee issued by a reputable bank acceptable to USPF in line with Section 26 (1) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

(9) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Qualified Companies wishing to respond to this Invitation must purchase a copy of the Tender Document, which provides more detailed information on the scope and requirements of the project from the Procurement Department, USPF Secretariat. A non-refundable tendering fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only is required to purchase the Tender Document which must be payable to Universal Service Provision Fund through the CBN payment gateway (REMITA) platform. Evidence of payment must be submitted to the Funding and Subsidy Department, USPF for the Tender Receipt, which must be presented to the procurement department for the tender document.

(10) METHOD OF SUBMISSION OF BIDS

(i) All Bidders shall submit three (3) copies of their Tender Documents in separate sealed envelopes with the first copy marked “Original Bid” and the 2nd and 3rd copies marked “Copy of Bid”.

(ii) Each Bid Package shall be clearly marked with the following information:

Technical Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/TECHNICAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Financial Bid: USPF/TD/LCD/FINANCIAL/2016 at the top right hand corner
Bid Bond: USPF/BB/LCD/2016 at the top right hand corner
Name of bidders on each of the enclosed documents
Contact Name, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.
(iii) All bidders shall also prepare one electronic copy of the Tender Document (in USB flash, in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format).

(iv) A Certified-True-Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head, Procurement Department must be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/LCD/2016.

(v) All copies of the bids shall be duly signed by an authorized representative of the bidder. In the event of any discrepancy between copies, the original shall govern.

(vi) Bidders should note that technical and financial bids shall be in two separate sealed envelopes marked clearly and then put in a bigger box or envelope which shall be sealed and tamper proof. Combining Technical and Financial Bids in the Same Envelope will lead to Automatic Disqualification

(vii) USPF will assume no responsibility for the content of tamper evident bids or for non-compliance with the above instruction. Bids that do not comply with this section may be rejected.

(viii) Submissions may be subject to verification from the relevant authorities. Fake documents and false declaration may be forwarded to the relevant prosecution authorities.

(11) DEADLINE FORSUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

All tender documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked USPF LCD 2016 – at the top right corner with name of the company clearly printed on the reverse side of the envelope. The Tender Document must reach the office of the undersigned on or before 28th June, 2016 by 11.00am.

The Secretary

Universal Service Provision Secretariat

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office 9th Floor,

Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT.

(KINDLY NOTE THAT BIDS WILL BE OPENED IMMEDIATELY ON THE SAME DAY by 11.00 a.m)

(12) DISCLAIMER

(a) Submissions after the date and time specified above shall be rejected.

(b) All cost incurred by bidders in response to this advert or enquiries shall be borne by such bidders and not the USPF

(c) USPF is not bound to shortlist any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or proffering any reasons for the annulment.

(d) This advertisement is published for information purposes, and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the USPF to award contract.

For further clarification on the advertisement, please email: uspfprocurement@ncc.gov.ng

Signed:

Management,

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office, 9th Floor, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT. http://www.uspf.gov.ng

Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Invitation to Tender for Base Transceiver Station (BTS) Project

(1) Introduction

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate the achievement of national policy goals for universal service and universal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in rural, un-served and under-served areas in Nigeria.

One of the main programmes of die USPF under the 2013-2017 Strategic Management Plan (SMP) is to fast track the roll-out of BTS and associated infrastructure to expand telecoms services in un-served and underserved areas and communities across the country. Consequently, USPF has provided sufficient funds in the 2016 appropriation to facilitate the expansion of mobile services to areas/communities currently with insufficient or without any wireless telecommunication service.

(2) OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT

To partner with existing licensed operating companies and consortiums that will include one or more licensed operating companies to provide Base Transceiver Station (BTS) and associated devices required to extend telephony and broadband services to communities in un-served and underserved areas across the country.

(3) SUBSIDY/ICENTIVES

USPF is therefore providing an output based subsidy as incentive to successful bidders to fast track the rollout of the project. In pursuance of this, a one off subsidy on CAPEX shall be provided on the passive and active components of the BTS while an OPEX subsidy shall be provided annually for (1 to 3 years depending on availability of Budget) upon integration and provision of services backed with evidence that the BTS has been carrying traffic for that period under consideration and upon fulfilment of other conditions of BTS Agreement

(4) SCOPE OF WORK

Bidders shall slate the type of BTS proposed (conventional or rural) and provide in their financial proposals, a BoQ listing all the items, equipment and other cost elements clearly showing the cost of every item to be deployed at each BTS sites and cost of other ancillary equipment.

The scope of work shall include the following as applicable:

(i) Land acquisition for BTS infrastructure

(ii) Construction of BTS infrastructure (Shelter, tower, tank, generator, transformer plinths, security post etc.)

(iii) Provision of AC/DC Power supply to the BTS

(iv) Provision of cooling systems

(v) Provision of Active BTS components (TRU’s, transmission equipment etc.)

(vi) Provision of passive infrastructure for BTS operation (cabling, logistics etc.)

(vii) Maintain provision of telecommunications services for at least 5 years at the BTS

(5) DELIVERABLES

(i) Completed BTS site integrated to a licensed telecommunications operators network

(ii) A comprehensive report documenting all the activities, assumptions, site diagrams, and processes leading to the construction and completion of the BTS project including services provided, capacity, estimated coverage area, population covered etc.

(iii) Site documentation, diagrams, GPS coordinates, transmission equipment etc.

(iv) An undertaking agreeing to provide colocation services to other interested users on “fair commercial value” basis

(v) An undertaking indemnifying the USPF or its approved agents from any fault, injury, loss or damage that may arise from the BTS project or any of its components

(6) PROJECT SITE/LOCATIONS

The Project shall be executed in selected locations under the clusters identified by the USPF’s Access Gap Studies viz:

S/N STATE CLUSTER
1 BORNO All clusters
2 YOBE All Clusters
3 FCT FC-1, FC -2, FC-3
4 KADUNA All clusters
5 RIVERS RV-1, RV -2 & RV -3
6 DELTA DE-1, DE -2 DE -3
Note:

(i) Bidders are to choose the exact locations of their choice within each cluster

(ii) USPF may provide additional locations for bidders deploying non-conventional BTS solution

(7) ELIGIBILTY CRITERIA

As this project is intended to extend mobile coverage to areas currently left un-served, companies eligible to tender for this project must be;

(i) A licensed network operating company.

OR

(ii) A consortium of licensed companies that includes one or more of the existing network operators.

(A) GENERAL CONDITIONS:

All tenders must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and interested bidders must submit the following documents:

(a) Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies must enclose a Certificate of Incorporation, Certified True Copies (CTC) of Forms of CAC7 and CAC2.

(b) CTC of Articles and Memorandum of Association of the Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives.

(c) Three years Tax Clearance certificates (2013, 2014 and 2015).

(d) Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.

(e) Audited accounts for the last 3 years (2013, 2014 & 2015).

(f) Evidence of filing annual returns for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015) with Corporate Affairs Commission.

(g) Verifiable evidence of financial capacity to undertake the project (annual turnover of at least N300,000,000.00 in the last three years).

(h) A proper understanding of the ICT industry and evidence of similar works done.

(i) Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical staff with addresses and phone numbers.

(j) Current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM and evidence of Compliance Certificate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act No. 19 of 2011.

(k) Evidence of compliance with the Employee’s Compensation Act which stipulates a remittance of 1% of the total annual emolument of workers to NSITF

(l) Evidence of registration on die National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service providers. Bidders are requested to submit an Interim Registration Report (IRR) issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as evidence of compliance with this requirement hi line with the provision of Section 5(h) of the PPA, 2007.

(m) A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation winch can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this projects.

(B) SPECIFIC CONDITIONS:

The Company shall be required to demonstrate the following minimum competencies:

(i) Experience in installation and configuration of BTS equipment

(ii) Evidence of relevant technical experience with reference to similar projects deployed.

(iii) Evidence showing a proper understanding of deployment of BTS and Tower solutions on commercial basis

(iv) A signed MoU letter between the Company and the licensed mobile operator (where applicable)

(v) An undertaking to provide free services and maintenance of the BTS for at least 5years from date of acceptance of the project

(vi) Provide evidence that the Company is duly licensed to undertake installation of Telecommunications and ICT equipment’s

(vii) Company must have suitably qualified Engineers) with current COREN practice certificate, a certified IT specialist with Cisco, MCSE, Oracle or other similar internationally recognized certifications (these staff must be on the Company’s PENCOM register evidenced by past remittances)

(viii) An understanding of the ICT industry in Nigeria or worldwide.

(ix) Experience in telecommunications service delivery.

(x) Evidence of payment of Annual Operating Levy (AOL) to the NCC if applicable

(8) BID BOND

All bids above the sum prescribed by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) shall be accompanied by a bid security in an amount not more than 2% of the bid price by a way of a bank guarantee issued by a reputable bank acceptable to USPF in line with Section 26(l ) of PPA, 2007.

(9) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Qualified Companies wishing to respond to this Invitation to Tender must purchase a copy of the Tender Document, which provides more detailed information on the scope and requirements of the project from the Procurement Department, USPF Secretariat A non-refundable tendering fee of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only per cluster is required to purchase the Tender Document which must be payable to Universal Service Provision Fund through the CBN payment gateway (REMITA) platform. Evidence of payment must be submitted to the Funding and Subsidy Department, USPF for the Tender Receipt, which must be presented to the procurement department for the tender.

(10) METHODS OF SUBMISSION OF BIDS

(i) Bidders shall submit three (3) copies of the Technical and Financial Bids in separate sealed envelopes with the first copy marked “Original Bid” and the 2nd and 3rd copies marked “Copy of Bid”.

(ii) Each Bid Package shall be clearly marked with the following information:

Technical Bid USPF/TD/BTS/CLUSTER/TECHNICAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Financial Bid USPF/TD/BTS/CLUSTER/FINANCIAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Bid Bond CSPF/TD/BTS/CLUSTER/BB/2016.
Name of Bidder on each of the enclosed document.
Contact Name, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.
(iii) The bidder shall also prepare one electronic copy of the Technical Bid (in USB flash, in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format).

(iv) A Certified-True-Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head, Procurement Department must be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/ BTS/2016.

(v) Bidders should note that Technical and Financial Bids shall be in two separate sealed envelopes marked clearly and then put in a bigger envelope or box which shall be sealed so that it is not possible to open it without visual evidence of such tampering Combining Technical and Financial Bids in the same Envelope would lead to Automatic Disqualification.

(vi) USPF will assume no responsibility for the content of tamper evident bids or for non-compliance with the above instruction.

(vii) Submissions may be subject to verification from relevant authorities. Fake documents and/or false declaration may be forwarded to relevant prosecution authorities.

All tender documents must reach the office of the undersigned on or before Tuesday, 28th June, 2016 by 11.00 am. (Kindly note that Bids will be opened immediately on the same day by 11:00 AM).

The Secretary

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission

Plot 423 Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama – Abuja

(11) DISCLAIMER

(a) Submissions after the date and time specified above shall be rejected.

(b) All cost incurred by bidders in response to this advert or enquiries shall be borne by such bidders and not the USPF

(c) USPF is not bound to shortlist any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or proffering any reasons for the annulment.

(d) This advertisement is published for information purposes, and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the USPF to award contract.

For further clarification on the advertisement, please email:

uspfprocurement@ncc.gov.ng

Signed:

Management,

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office,

9th Floor, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District,

Abuja, FCT.

http://www.uspf.gov.ng

Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)

Invitation to Tender for the Provision and Management of Bandwidth Aggregation at Selected USPF Projects in Nigeria

(1) Introduction

The Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) was established to facilitate rapid achievement of national policy goals for universal service and universal access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

As part of its mandate, the USPF has over the years implemented projects and provided grants to enable access to basic ICT-enabled learning tools in schools and Public Access Venues (PAV) across the country under its School Knowledge Centre (SKC), Tertiary Institutions Knowledge Centre TIKC, Community Resource Centre (CRC), University Inter-Campus Connectivity (UnICC), Stakeholder Initiative Projects (SIP) and other USPF assisted projects.

In order to sustain the above projects and ensure that their objectives are realised, the USPF provides additional support in form of bandwidth connectivity for some of the projects. Consequently, funds have been appropriated in the 201 6 budget to provide bandwidth connectivity for the projects.

(2) OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the bandwidth aggregation is to provide, deploy and manage internet bandwidth for selected USPF projects. Also, the project will enable the USPF have a common and visible connectivity platform for all projects dial requires bandwidth connectivity.

(3) LOCATIONS

The project is grouped into lots as follows

LOT PROJECT ZONE
1 SKC NC–bandwidth North Central Zone
2 SKC NE-bandwidth North East Zone
3 SKC NW bandwidth North West Zone
4 SKC SE-bandwidth South East Zone
5 SKC SW-bandwidth South West Zone
6 SKC SS-bandwidth South South Zone
7 CRC-bandwidth Six (6) Geo-political zones
8 E-LIBRARY Six (6) Geo-political zones
(4) SCOPE OF WORK

The scope shall include but not limited to:

(a) Survey and conduct site assessment to determine the equipment and associated peripherals to be replaced or provided in all the Schools. CRC or E-libraries or other designated USPF projects in the lot or lots under consideration;

(b) Provide all necessary hardware such us dial). BUC, modem, switch, router, cabling etc required for smooth operation of the internet bandwidth

(c) Provide a minimum guaranteed broadband internet speed of 5120Kbps downlink and 1024Kbps uplink measurable at the point of termination

(d) Provide 100GB monthly data allowance per site

(e) Provide all necessary software, expertise and manpower required to enable seamless operation of the internet connectivity

(f) Configure and distribute the internet connectivity to existing PCs/LAN/WAN equipment at the site

(g) Provide Network Operating Centre (NOC), remote access and portal for remotely monitoring individual sites/locations by the users and USPF staff

(h) Provide Toll Ticketing/Contact Centre facility and number for fault reporting

(i) Provide 1 year post implementation maintenance and support (j) Provide at least 1 year warranty on all equipment installed

(k) 3 months delivery period

(5) DELIVERABLES

(a) Submit a comprehensive completion report of internet bandwidth provisioning in all sites. The report should list all the equipment provided or replaced in each site, serial numbers, usernames/passwords, bandwidth utilisation chart etc.

(b) Submit of IP addresses, names of contact persons and GPS co­ordinates of each site

(c) Submit monthly usage statistics and graphical analysis for each site

(d) Submit quarterly post implementation report detailing all the relevant statistics in the preceding period e.g. availability, usage, etc. in addition to maintenance work undertaken, equipment repaired or replaced etc,

(e) Submit final project report covering the entire contract duration

(6) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

All interested bidders should be private operators with relevant license(s) and experience

(a) General Conditions

All bids must comply with the requirements of Public Procurement Act, 2007 and interested bidders must submit the following:

(a) Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission. Companies, must enclose a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation, Certified True Copies (CTC) of Forms CAC 7 and CAC2.

(b) CTC of Articles and Memorandum of Association of the Company, which must show that the Company has ICT related activities as part of its objectives.

(c) Three years Tax Clearance certificates (2013, 2014 and 2015).

(d) Evidence of Value Added Tax (VAT) registration certificate and past remittances.

(e) Audited accounts for the last years (2013, 2014 and 2015).

(f) Evidence of filing annual returns for the last three years (2013, 2014 and 2015) with Corporate Affairs Commission.

(g) Verifiable evidence of financial capacity to undertake the project (annual turnover of at least N200,000,000.00 in the last three years).

(h) A proper understanding of the ICT industry and evidence at similar works done.

(i) Company profile and organizational structure, including names and resume of key personnel and technical Staff with addresses and phone numbers.

(j) Current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM and evidence of Compliance Certificate with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act No. 19 of 201l

(k) Evidence of compliance with the Employee’s Compensation Act which stipulates a remittance of 1% of the total annual emolument of workers to NSITF

(l) Evidence of registration on the National Database of Contractors. Consultants and Service providers. Bidders are requested to submit an Interim Registration Report issued by Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) as the evidence of compliance with this requirement in line with the provision of Section 5(h) of the PPA. 2007.

(m) A sworn affidavit that the firm is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to conclusively participate in this project.

(b) Specific Conditions:

All bidders shall be required to provide or demonstrate the following minimum competencies:

(i) Verifiable Network Operating Centre (NOC) for similar assignments carried out in the past

(ii) Evidence Showing a proper understanding of ICT data solutions large networks

(iii) A signed MoU letter between the Company and Satellite/Internet Service Provider affirming their warranty of 1 to 2 years on all equipment provided, ability and capacity to provide connectivity in any part of Nigeria

(iv) An undertaking from the Internet Service Provider to provide free maintenance for 1 year from date of activation of service

(v) Provide evidence that the Company is duly licensed to undertake Internet Service Provision or distribution (Internet Service. ISP license, Metro Fibre, Fixed or Wireless license)

(vi) Company must have suitably qualified Engineer with current

COREN practice certificate, a certified IT specialist with Cisco, MCSE, Oracle or other similar internationally recognised certifications (these staff must be on the Company’s PENCOM register evidenced by past remittances)

(vii) An understanding of the ICT industry in Nigeria or worldwide.

(viii) Experience in internet service deliver.

(ix) Evidence of having the necessary tools and equipment for logistics and deployment of solution (GPS devices, Satellite trackers, Multimeter, 4×4 truck. Laptop, installation tools etc.)

(x) Evidence of payment of Annual Operating Levy (AOL) to the NCC if applicable

(7) BID BOND

All bids above the sum prescribed by the BPP shall be accompanied by a bid security in an amount not more than 2% of the bid price by way of a bank guarantee by a reputable bank-acceptable to USPF in line with Section 26(1) of PPA 2007.

(8) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS

Qualified Companies wishing to respond to this Invitation must purchase a copy of the Tender Document, which provides more detailed information on the scope and requirements of the project from the Procurement Department, USPF Secretariat. A non-­refundable tendering fee of N50.000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only per lot is required to purchase the Tender Document which must be payable to Universal Service Provision Fund through the CBN payment gateway (REMITA) platform. Evidence of payment MUST be submitted to the Funding and Subsidy-Department, USPF for the Tender Receipt which must be presented to the Procurement department for the tender document.

(9) PRE BID MEETING

All potential bidders are encouraged to study these documents and submit any questions/clarifications that they might require. A pre bid meeting will be held to answer questions, exchange ideas and obtain feedback as follows:

Date: May 23, 2016

Venue: NCC Conference Hall

Time: 12 Noon

Minutes of pre-bid meeting would be circulated to all bidders within five working days after the meeting.

(10) SUBMISSION OF BIDS

(i) Bidders shall submit three (3) copies of the Technical and Financial Bids in separate sealed envelopes with the first copy marked “Original Bid” and the 2nd and 3rd copies marked “Copy of Bid”.

(ii) Each Bid Package shall be clearly marked with the following information:

Technical Bid marked ‘USPF/TD/BA/LOTX /TECHNICAL /2016 at the top right hand corner.
Financial Bid ‘USPF/TD/BA/LOTX/FINANCIAL/2016 at the top right hand corner.
Bid Bond USPF/TD/BA/LOTX/BB/2016.
Name of bidder on each of the enclosed document
Contact Name, Phone Number and E-Mail Address.
(iii) All bidders shall also prepare one electronic copy of the Technical Bid (in USB flash, in a format readable by Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format).

(iv) A Certified True Copy of the tender fee receipt endorsed by Head. Procurement Department MUST be submitted in a separate envelope and marked TF/BA/2016.

(v) All copies of the bids shall be duly signed by an authorized representative of the bidder. In the event of any discrepancy between copies, the original shall govern.

(vi) Bidders should note that Technical and Financial Bids shall be in two separate sealed envelopes marked clearly and then put in a bigger envelope or box which shall be sealed so that it is not possible to open it without visual evidence of such tampering. COMBINING TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL BIDS IN THE SAME ENVELOPE WOULD LEAD TO AUTOMATIC DISQUALIFICATION.

(vii) USPF will assume no responsibility for the content of tamper evident bids or for non-compliance with the above instruction.

(viii) Submissions may be subject to verification from relevant authorities. Fake documents and false declaration may be forwarded to relevant prosecution authorities.

Please note that X denotes the Lot 01 No. (1 to 8)

All tender documents must reach the office of the undersigned on or before July 12th 2016 by 10.00 am.

The Secretary

Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission

Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama Abuja

(KINDLY NOTE THAT BIDS WILL BE OPENED IMMEDIATELY ON THE SAME DAY JULY 12TH, 2016 BY 10:00AM).

(11) DISCLAIMER

(a) Submissions after the date and time specified above shall be rejected.

(b) All cost incurred by bidders in response to this advert or enquiries shall be borne by such bidders and not the USPF

(c) USPF is not bound to shortlist any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the bidding process at any time without incurring any liabilities or proffering any reasons for the annulment.

(d) This advertisement is published for information purposes, and should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of the USPF to award a contract.

For further clarification on this tender document please email: uspfprocurement@ncc.gov.ng

Signed:

Management, Universal Service Provision Fund

Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office, 9th Floor, Plot 423, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama District, Abuja, FCT. http://www.uspf.gov.ng

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