REA okays solar projects in FCT, Lagos, Ogun

Dayo Ojerinde

The Rural Electrification Agency has said the solar power projects executed at COVID-19 isolation centres in the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun States followed due process.

The Agency, in a statement by its Director of Promotions, Information and Outreach, Ayang Ogbe, dismissed the allegation that the Bureau of Public Procurement did not issue Certificates of No Objection for the projects, describing the accusation by a contractor who petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission as false, baseless and unfounded.

He said the agency’s officials acted in compliance with the provisions of relevant public procurement laws.

REA stated in the release that the award of contracts for the projects were in compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007 as well as the Appropriation Act 2020.

“The Agency adopted the emergency procurement method. This is in line with sections 42 and 43 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007. This process is in order and was upheld by the BPP.

“In compliance with the foregoing, REA, acting on requests from Ogun State Bureau of Electrical Engineering Services and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control dated April 3, 2020, and April 7, 2020, respectively began a process of procuring solar-hybrid power solutions for the NCDC isolation and treatment centres at Yaba, Lagos, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada and the Ikene and Iberekodo centres in Ogun State” the statement reads in part.