PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES:


The Firm is offering project management services in health care, education and other sectors of the economy. Over the years, it has gathered tremendous experience within the health sector with the supervision of the construction and equipping of 300 bed specialist/teaching hospital for the Kaduna state government which is to serve as the teaching hospital for the Kaduna state university located in Kaduna, Kaduna town, Nigeria. The project contract sum is approximately N7Billion equivalent to $35,000,000 USD. Similarly, the Firm is involved in the construction and equipping of the diagnostic and treatment center for the Central Bank of Nigeria located in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria, and the Contract Sum is approximately N4Billion equivalent to $20,000,000 USD. Within the private sector also, the Firm is involved in the extension of Abuja clinic and a 2-level car park including heli-park in Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria. The project is approximately N2.4Billion equivalent to $12,000,000.
Conduct of inventory Survey of Community Based Health Insurance Scheme and other Social Solidarity Groupings in North Eastern Zone of Nigeria:
In 2010, the National health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) commissioned our Firm Ultimate Cost Consultants to conduct a survey. This Survey is one of the many activities outlined in the larger project of ensuring universal access to basic Healthcare for Nigerians.
The objectives of the study were to conduct an inventory survey of CSOs and CBHIS to determine their institutional capabilities that will enable them to be used as a vehicle for universal access for Health Care Delivery in the communities where they exist. Survey methods adopted were both qualitative and quantitative as shown in the two sets of questionnaires.

The benefit of the results of this survey is to help concerned stakeholders particularly NHIS to strategize on the possible ways to improve the health status of the target population and in particular to improving the health financing.

 

Mechanisms in the survey area by entrenching a viable and workable CBHIS for the informal sector as well as proffering relevant data that will facilitate decision making with respect to providing equitable access of services in urban and rural areas.

 

The key findings of this study revealed firstly, that historical antecedents played an important role in the establishment, evolution and re-organization of CSOs. What the study considered of noteworthy was the current status of the CSOs as it relate to their capacity needs particularly their form, organization, governance and management. These constitute important determinants of their sustainability and ability to deliver on objectives and goals, secondly, that the standards analytical capacity of CSOs are crucial to the ownership of policies and programmes. Ownership of civil institutions is a dynamic concept with social, political and economic implications and challenges.

 

Conduct of consultancy Services to carryout feasibility studies for the roll out of community health insurance scheme in the North Eastern Zone of Nigeria:

Under this project, UCCL was again commissioned by National health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to elicit to conduct a feasibility study to inform its development of community based health insurance programme in the north eastern part of Nigeria. The study presupposed that there is a high cost of health care that prevents many people from accessing much needed health care every day. It is an issue that requires immediate strategic attention. Hence, UCCL conducted this study to unravel the healthcare seeking habits, as well as gather information on how to reduce the burden of healthcare cost for the people.

OTHER PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

  1. As a step forward from the traditional process of project procurement, we offer project management services when required. This seeks to reduce planning and construction periods by improving communication between consultant, contractors and clients by means of establishing closer co-ordination between them. This is desirable in this era when projects are becoming more complex and greater of financial monitoring and control is demanded to realize the client objective and value for money

OUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT SERVICES INCLUDE:


Initial Brief and Appointment

  1. 1. Establish with the client the requirements and objectives and means of achievement.
  2. 2. Establish with the client time and cost objectives and restraint
  3. 3. Establish lines of communication between client and adviser and client of authority.
  4. 4. Agree scope of appointment and terms and condition thereof.

Initial Proposal:

  1. 1. Prepare initial proposals as to how the client requirements established at stage 3.2.1 are to be met.
  2. 2. Make recommendations as to the need for the appointment of design and other consultants
  3. 3. Advise on funding arrangements, tax implications, available sources of funds, etc.
  4. 4. Advise on liaison and negotiation on with third parties, e.g. local and statutory authorities, owners of adjoining properties, etc
  5. 5. Prepare outline programme showing key dates for decisions approvals, ordering equipment or machinery, commencing construction, relocation etc.
  6. 6. Recommend administration procedures for meeting (through client’s project liaison officer) requirements of client organization, e.g. financial, accommodation, etc.
  7. 7. Agree proposals with client.

Appointment of Project Team:

  1. 1. Prepare brief for the appointment of each of the other consultants or firms as and when required.
  2. 2. Recommend names of appropriate consultants or firms and invite those submitted selected to make submissions
  3. 3. Arrange interviews.
  4. 4. Negotiate and agree terms of engagements selected consultants and draft contracts defining responsibilities, lines of communication, warranty and terms of remuneration.
  5. 5. Subsequently check and recommend application for payment.
  6. 6. Assess resources required by each member of the team and set up budget control system for expenditure of the resources.
  7. 7. Advise client of the cost of employing the project team.

Development of Brief and Initial Proposals:

  1. 1. Draw up master programme and subsequently develop to encompass all activities
  2. 2. Define and evaluate alternative ways of meeting the objectives
  3. 3. Prepare feasibility or viability studies with recommendation.
  4. 4. Obtain Client proposal to course of action proposed.

Administration of Project:

  1. 1. Provide each member of the project team with agreed client brief and proposals from meeting the objectives
  2. 2. Define the stages of procurement e.g. design and cost studies, planning consent and other essential approvals, appointment of contractors and completion of construction and occupation
  3. 3. Define and agree with project liaison officer and each member of the project team the administrative and technical procedures to be adopted throughout each stage.
  4. 4. Develop and maintain programme of the appropriate type, monitor progress and adjust as necessary to maintain objective.
  5. 5. Agree with each consultant the staff resources required to meet the detailed requirement of the programme and monitor the application and effectiveness of such resources.
  6. 6. Organize and chair meetings or delegate where appropriate.

Development of Design and Cost Plan:

  1. 1. Secure the development of design cost studies and report thereon (including all time and financial consideration).
  2. 2. Prepare updated comprehensive financial appraisal with master programme.
  3. 3. Arrange formal presentation of design and financial appraisal to the client and approval to proceed
  4. 4. Arrange submission for and secure planning permission

Contractual Arrangement and Cost Control:


The order of the following activities will vary according to circumstances and will be carried out with the members of the project team.
  1. 1. Consider type of contractual arrangement available and appropriate to the time and cost objectives and restraints
  2. 2. Procedure report and recommendation for client approval
  3. 3. Prepare list of contractors and subcontractors though appropriate to the project.
  4. 4. Invite selected contractors to confirm interest and submit pre-qualification information e.g. requisite experience, reference, available resources, and financial status
  5. 5. Made independent check on pre-qualification information provided
  6. 6. Arrange on a formally structured basis, pre-tender and/or post-tender interviews with contractors.
  7. 7. Continue development of design to the requirement of the master programme and so that appropriate level of the design information is produced for the purpose of obtaining tenders and appointing the contractor and/or subcontractors
  8. 8. Arrange for appropriate cost control and monitoring procedures to be maintained and reports produced as required and in agreed format
  9. 9. Consider insurance arrangements appropriate to the project.
  10. 10. Co-ordinate the production and issue of tender documentation
  11. 11. Appraise tenders received, and report to the client on outcome of tenders with update financial appraisal and recommendation
  12. 12. Appoint contractor and sub-contractors.

Construction and Completion:


  1. 1. Co-ordinate and monitor activities of the project team and any other matter for which the client has responsibility
  2. 2. Monitor progress on site, identify and resolve problems.
  3. 3. Prepare reports client at regular intervals including:- * Progress on and off site. * Updated construction cost compared with construction budget. * Updated viability report.
  4. 4. At completion arrange the commissioning of the building
  5. 5. Organize and effect the occupation of the building relocation from existing premises.
  6. 6. Arrange for the preparation of a schedule of defects arising during the defects liability period and prompt payment of remedial work.
  7. 7. On completion of the final account including the settlement of the claims or other matters which may have arisen in the course of the contract, submit report to the client on the financial outcome of the project.
  8. 8. Ensure that all documents relevant to the project are assembled and properly stored.
  9. 9. Consider insurance arrangements appropriate to the project.
  10. 10. In the case of a speculative development:
    * Arrange letting and marketing campaign. * Co-ordinate production of leases, building agreement, etc, and negotiations.

On-going projects under our supervision:

S/No.EXPERIENCESDATECONTRACT SUM (NAIRA)STATUS
1.300 Bed specialist/Teaching Hospital at millennium city, Kaduna20087 billionOn-going
2.National College of Petroleum Studies, Kaduna (PTDF) 2008 15 billion On-going
3.Central Bank of Nigeria Branch Building, Jalingo2009 7 billion On-going
4.CBN Diagnostic Center, Abuja 2011 4 billion On-going
5.NUC Male & Female Proto-type Student Hostel Projects 2013 14 billion On-going
6.Extension to Abuja Clinic and 2nd Level car park including heli-park 2014 2.4 billion On-going
7.Central Bank of Nigeria Intervention at University of Abuja. 2015 11.7 billion On-going
8.Upgrading/Renovation of 255 Public Health Care Facilities in Sabon-Gari and Zaria Local Governments of Kaduna State. 2016 420 million On-going
9.Renovation/Rehabilitation of Public Secondary Schools in Kaduna State (Phases 1 & 2) 2017 400 million On-going

Executed Projects under our supervision:

S/No.EXPERIENCESDATECONTRACT SUM (NAIRA)STATUS
1.NOUN Porthacourt Study Center, Rivers State.2014500 million Completed
2.Kaduna State University, Faculty of Science Phase II 2011 228 million Completed
3.Procurement of Equipment at AFIT Nigerian Air Force, Kaduna 2011 200 million Completed
4.CBN Intervention Projects in Keffi, Kuru and Yola 2010 1.5 billion Completed
5.Intensive Care and analysis units, Federal Medical Center Bida 2008 220 million Completed
6.1000 Seat Lecture Theatre at ATBU, Bauchi. 2007 1.5 billion Completed