Assessment of Factors Affecting Building Contractors Selection


in Edo State, Nigeria



By Edosa Mark Osazuwa


Adigwe Chukwuemeka

University of Benin

Benin City, Nigeria

1.0        Introduction

The construction industry in Nigeria, including Edo State, has faced challenges related to the selection and performance of building contractors. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in identifying the factors that influence the selection of building contractors and their performance. The construction sector has witnessed a surge in demand for various projects, ranging from residential buildings to commercial complexes and public infrastructure. The selection of competent building contractors is pivotal for ensuring project success, cost-effectiveness, timely completion, and quality construction. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in identifying the factors that influence the selection of building contractors and their performance. This interest is driven by the need to improve the quality and efficiency of construction projects and to ensure that public funds are utilized effectively. The construction industry plays a crucial role in the development and growth of any economy. The success of construction projects heavily relies on the selection of competent and reliable building contractors. However, the process of selecting contractors is a complex task that involves considering numerous factors. This study aims to assess the factors influencing building contractors’ selection in Edo State, Nigeria based on time cost and quality performance.

2.0       Literature Review

2.1   Selection Factors Influencing Project Performance

In Edo State, Nigeria, several factors can influence project performance they play a crucial role in not only the selection process but also the overall outcome and performance of the construction project.

2.2. Contractor’s Track Record

The past performance of contractors can significantly impact project outcomes. It is important to consider a contractor’s track record, including their ability to complete projects on time, within budget, and with satisfactory quality. For example, in Edo State, the government’s selection of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc for the construction of the Benin City Storm water Drainage Project was influenced by the company’s successful completion of similar projects in the past. This project aimed to address flooding issues in Benin City, the capital of Edo State. The Edo State Government selected Julius Berger based on their proven expertise in drainage systems and their successful completion of similar projects in the past. The construction company Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has a notable track record that has influenced project selection. Julius Berger is a leading construction firm in Nigeria with extensive experience in executing various infrastructure projects. Their track record demonstrates their ability to successfully complete complex and large-scale projects. Their experience, technical expertise, and ability to meet project objectives have made them a preferred contractor in the state. Their track record instills confidence in stakeholders and assures project owners of their capability to deliver successful outcomes.

2.3. Compliance with Regulations and Standards

In Edo State, Nigeria, compliance with environmental regulations played a vital role in the construction of the Benin River Port project. The project aimed to develop a modern river port in the state, facilitating trade and transportation. During the selection process, the Edo State Government placed a strong emphasis on selecting a contractor that demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability and compliance with applicable regulations.

The government conducted a thorough evaluation of the bidding contractors’ environmental policies, procedures, and past environmental performance. The contractor ultimately selected for the project had a track record of adhering to environmental regulations and implementing sustainable practices in their previous projects.

The contractor ensured compliance with relevant environmental laws, such as waste management regulations, water pollution control measures, and preservation of ecological balance. They implemented measures to minimize environmental impact during construction, such as proper waste disposal, erosion control, and protection of nearby water bodies.


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How to cite this paper: Osazuwa, E. M. and Chukwuemeka, A. (2024). Assessment of Factors Affecting Building Contractors Selection in Edo State Nigeria; PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue III, March. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/pmwj139-Mar2024-Mark-Emeka-Factors-affecting-contractors-selection-in-Edu-State.pdf

About the Authors

Edosa Mark Osazuwa

Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria


Edosa Mark Osazuwa is a B.Tech. Graduate of Quantity Surveying from Federal University of Technology Akure and has an M.Tech. In Quantity Surveying from Federal University of Technology Akure while he successfully carried out and defended his Master’s research titled “An Assessment of quantity Surveyors Capability as Construction Project Risk Manager in Edo State, Nigeria.” He is presently undergoing his Doctorate Degree in Building (Construction Management) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK). He is a probationer member of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyor (NIQS). Having done his Industrial Training as a pupil Quantity surveyor with Soteria Consultant and worked as a graduate Quantity surveyor at Soteria Consultant as well, he has been demonstrating brilliant performance in the Quantity Surveying profession, project/construction management and the built environment industry.

His participation in construction projects has inculcated in him various qualities ranging from social and organizational skills to problem solving and analytical skills. his involvement in these projects has also instilled invaluable skills required to manage, lead and collaborate effectively with people of diverse background.  He is currently a Lecturer I at the department of Quantity Surveying, University of Benin, with research areas of specialization in Building Maintenance, Facility Management, Project Risk Management, Construction Economics, Construction Management, and Construction/Building Professional Competencies. He currently lectures Architecture Students, Quantity Surveying Students and Estate Management Students (all from Year one to Year Five).

Address: 49 Eheneden Street, off Ekehuan Road. Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.
Email: osazuwaedosamark@gmail.comedosa.osazuwa@uniben.edu


Adigwe Chukwuemeka 

Benin City, Nigeria


Adigwe Chukwuemeka works in the department of Quantity Surveying in the faculty of Environmental Sciences at the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.  He is the second author of this paper which shares valuable insights for building contractors selection in Edo state Nigeria, with the aim of aiding other contractors in Edo state when tendering for construction projects and proposals, and the process that should be followed in the tendering stage. He can be contacted at Adigweemeka8@gmail.com