The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) says Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has released documents from some of the ministry’s agencies providing some level of details regarding the names of contractors that allegedly collected money for electricity projects but failed to execute any projects. The group also said Fashola inviting it to “inspect a compendium of verified and paid/outstanding liabilities of contractors, kept at the offices of the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Limited/GTE”. SERAP confirmed the development on Sunday in a statement by Kolawole Oluwadare, its Deputy Director.
The Ministry’s letter with reference number FMP/LU/R2K/2016/T/40 and signed on Fashola’s behalf by the Permanent Secretary (Power) Louis O.N. Edozien, was sent to SERAP last week. According to the letter, “Pow Technologies Limited, an Abuja based company, was in 2014 awarded a contract for the supply and installation of test and maintenance equipment relays, etc to various NAPTIN regional training centers (RTCs) (LOT15), with the total contract sum of N87,763,302.40, out of which N79,404,892.66 was paid to Pow Technologies Limited”. Although the contract was awarded in 2014, only 13 of the 19 items have so far been supplied, with six items outstanding.
The details of the six items that Pow Technologies Limited has allegedly failed to supply were not provided by the Ministry but the letter indicates some of the actions taken by the ministry to ensure “completion of the project, address criminal breach of contract and take remedial action”. The ministry said that while the contractors undertook to take remedial action, they have failed to complete the project for which funds have been released. The ministry pointed out that it submitted a petition to the Commissioner of Police, Abuja on 13th January 2016, and that the Police instituted a case for the prosecution of Messrs Pow at the Upper Area Court. The ministry also said it has sought and received legal advice to pursue a civil action at the FCT High Court while a report of criminal breach of contract had been made to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
EU Injects 156m Euros Into Renewable Energy In Nigeria – Leadership
The European Union (EU) has said it is investing 165 million euros to boost Renewable Energy in Nigeria. Head, European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Amb Ketil Karlsen, made this disclosure in Abuja, on Thursday, during Solar Tree unveiling ceremony at EU Complex. According to Amb Karlsen, the ceremony is in demonstration of what is possible with Renewable Energy. He explained that it was time to work the talk, hence, the EU decided to power some of its facilities with Renewable Energy. He said, in partnership with EU’s Development Partners, the sum of 156 million euros would be spent across Nigeria to promote the reliance on Renewable Energy.
The objective of which said is to lessen pressure on climate change. “The EU is investing 165 million euros to promote Renewable Energy in Nigeria like it is doing worldwide. We believe this is a very important part of solution to the lack of sustainable, safe and affordable energy in Nigeria, where there are more than 90 million people without access to electricity. Often times, they have to power their businesses with generators, which makes their cost of production higher and makes them unable to compete with counterparts from other countries.“ He explained that, for Nigeria to launch into global competitiveness, the challenge of Sustainable, Safe and Affordable energy must be tackled.