Minister stops vehicles tender

The Minister of Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.), Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has put his foot down on a decision by the Corporation to invite bids for the purchasing of new vehicles.

The invitation was extended on an advertisement available on the Ministry of Finance’s website.

The 116-page tender document does not indicate how many vehicles the Corporation is looking to buy except to say that the closing date for bids is 11 November 2019 at 10am.

But Papali’i, the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, said the E.P.C. tender has been cancelled.

 “All the vehicle purchases go through a certain Committee within the Ministry of Finance,” he explained.

“All the vehicles will be purchased in bulk and twice a year as per M.O.F (instruction).

Asked about the car companies that have already submitted bids in response to invitation, the Minister said the companies have been informed about the change.

 “They are well aware of this new directive,” he said.

 “I am aware the Minister of Finance, will once again write to S.O.E.’s about the new Cabinet directive on the purchasing of vehicles and as indicated earlier, E.P.C. was instructed to cancel their tender and to follow the new process in place.”

According to a Cabinet Directive in June 2019, the purchasing of Government vehicles in bulk is to save funds and prevent the addition of unnecessary accessories.

“Bulk purchase of vehicles will allow discounts for Government,” the Cabinet Directive said.

 “This method will also make it easier to monitor the purchase of appropriate vehicles for work and low cost for Government.

 “The purchase of expensive vehicles with unnecessary accessories is also disbarred. This will also assist in cheaper insurance for Government vehicles.”

Another condition requires the Ministry of Finance to review applications to purchase new vehicles before submission to Cabinet for final approval.



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