NATIONAL HORTICULTURAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
IDI-ISHIN, JERICHO RESERVATION AREA, P.M.B. 5432,
IBADAN, OYO STATE, NIGERIA
INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES

1.0 INTRODUCTION
National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan with the mandate to conduct research into genetic improvement production, processing, storage, utilization and marketing of tropical fruits, vegetable, ornamentals, spices, other medicinal and aromatic plants of nutritional and economic importance.

In compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007, the Institute hereby invites interested reputable and competent companies/ consultancy firms with relevant experience and good track records to submit Expression of Interest for Appointment as External Auditors.

2.0 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Prospective bidders are required to submit the following documents;
(i) Evidence of Registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission, namely Certificate of Incorporation, memoranda & Articles of Association, form CAC 7 & CAC2 (Certify True Copy).
(ii) Company’s Tax Clearance Certificate for three years i.e. 2016, 2017 and 2018 (Expiring 31st December, 2019) or Personal Tax Clearance Certificates of all Partners of responding companies for the last three years 2016, 2017 and 2018.
(iii) Evidence of current Pension Compliance Certificate expiring on 31st December, 2019.
(iv) Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate expiring on 31st December, 2019;
(v) Evidence of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate expiring on 31st December, 2019;
(vi) Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 30 June, 2019 or valid Certificate issued by BPP.
(vii) Evidence of payment of annual registration with the Office of Auditor-General of the Federation.
(viii) Evidence of Practice Licence issued by ICAN, ANAN etc.
(ix) Detailed Company’s /firm’s profile, indicating management structure, size, strength and numbers of Management, Technical and Non-Technical Staff, including Names, qualifications and years of experience, as well as Academic/Professional Certificates.
(x) Verifiable evidence of at least three (3) similar assignment of comparable complexity (tabulated) in the last five (5) years, with details comprising of Client Name, Brief description of Project as completed or on–going. In Addition, evidence of award letters, Payment Certificate (if on-going) and completion certificate from clients.
(xi) Evidence of financial capability to execute the project by submission of Reference Letter from a commercial bank in Nigeria, indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed. Please note that banker’s letter merely stating that the applicant is a customer or maintains an account without commitment funds will be made available is not acceptable.
(xii) Evidence of Audited financial statement for the last three years i.e. 2016, 2017 and 2018 stamped and signed by client’s Auditor (Turnover as reflected in financial statements must correspond with that on the Firm’s Tax clearance certificate)
(xiii) Current sworn affidavit disclosing;
(a) That the company is not in receivership, insolvent or bankrupt.
(b) That the company does not have any Director who has ever been convicted in any court in Nigeria or any other country for criminal offence in relation to fraud or financial impropriety.
(c) Whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the National Horticultural Research Institute or the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) is a former or present Director, Shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder and that all documents submitted for the bidding are true and cored in all particulars

3.0 SUBMISSION OF EOI DOCUMENTS
Interested companies/firms are required to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) documents in sealed envelopes and clearly marked “Appointment as External Auditors” and addressed to:

The Executive Director,
Attention: Head of Procurement*
National Horticultural Research Institute,
P.M.B. 5432,
Idi-Ishin, Jericho Reservation Area,
Ibadan, Oyo State, NIGERIA.
Email:
nihortprocurementunit@yahoo.com

All EOI documents must be hand-delivered on or before 12:00noon, on Monday, 3 June, 2019. Late submissions will be returned unopened.

4.0 OPENING OF EOI DOCUMENTS
Opening of the EOI documents shall commence immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00noon, on Monday, 3 June, 2019 at the Institute’s Auditorium.

5.0 OTHER INFORMATION
(a) Only shortlisted consultancy firms/companies will be invited at a later date for collection of Request for Proposals.
(b) Submitting Expression of Interest (EOI) does not commit NIHORT to awarding contract to any service provider/company/firm.
(c) NIHORT reserve the right to verify claims made by any service provider/company/firm.
(d) Submitting false document is an offence, which will lead to disqualification and prosecution.
(e) The NIHORT is not hound 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.

SIGNED:
MANAGEMENT
NIHORT

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