The House of Representatives on Tuesdayresolved to investigate the N9.2 billion contract for the purchase of clean stove for rural women during the last administration.
The House mandate it’s committees on Anti-Corruption and Environment and Habitat to investigate the details of the contract, the number of units supplied, their mode of distribution and names of beneficiaries on a State by State basis.
The committee is also expected to determine the status of the balance of N952,000,000 that is with the contractor since 750,000 units of the clean stoves were supplied at a unit cost of N464 at the value of N348,000,000 out of the N1.3 Billion paid out.
At the same time find out whether or not the clean stoves and wonder bags projects have, in any exceptional way, assisted or is assisting in eradicating desertification in Nigeria for future consideration.
The House also seek to confirm the status of the balance of N3.7bn which was outstanding from the initial payment to the Federal Ministry of Environment.
The member representing Ikeja federal constituency of Lagos state, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke who sponsored the motion to probe the contract, noted that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved a contract for the supply of 20 million units of clean stove and wonder bags under the clean stove scheme for Rural Women at the unit cost of N464.00 at a total of N9, 287, 250,000.
According to Faleke, the Federal Ministry of Finance dying the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan released the sum of N5bn to the Federal Ministry of Environment for the execution of the project.
He added that Messrs. Integra Energy Renewable Services Ltd was awarded the contract for the supply of the 20 million units and was paid the sum of N1.3bn out of the N5bn released by the Federal Ministry of Environment as mobilization fee without due process.
“Less than 750,000 units were said to have been assembled and delivered at the velodrome of the National Stadium, Abuja and commissioned by former Vice President, Namadi Sambo without any beneficiary being present or later being given the stove to achieve,” he said.