Ring Road Cleaning Commences[b]Addis Abeba City Solid Waste Disposal Agency awards two-year
cleaning contract for eight million Birr[/b]
The Addis Abeba City Solid Waste Management Agency has awarded the cleaning service of the 33.5km long Ring Road to Asmeret Kebede Cleaning Services Plc for close to eight million Birr.
The company, which presented the winning bid, signed the contract in November 2010, and started its cleaning service fully on Thursday, December 16, 2010, following a trial period.
Although Seven companies initially submitted proposals, only five made it past the technical and financial evaluation.
The contract, which is for two and a half years, has the option of extension based on the company’s performance, according to Ermias Seyoum, deputy manager and head of procurement at the agency.“The company is to be paid on its monthly performance which will be evaluated by supervisors,” he told Fortune.
Established by a member of the Ethiopian Diaspora, Asmeret Kebede Cleaning started out by designing and manufacturing dust bins and trash container nets.The company will clean solid waste from the road every 24 hours and wash the road once a month, at night, according to the contract. For the first six months, the company is to conduct the washing using manual labour, but must import a machine for the purpose after that, the contract stipulates.
The company has agreed to hire up to 300 employees for the cleaning, according to Ermias.
The Solid Waste Management Agency took over the responsibility of cleaning the Ring Road from the Addis Abeba City Roads Authority (AACRA), in June 2010. Under its supervision, there are 521 small and micro enterprises (SMEs) that collect trash in the city door-to-door, and 1o private cleaning companies that collect trash from other private companies and government institutions.