There is a fresh twist to the hoopla over solar power projects as operatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have quizzed the Managing Director of Rural Electrification Agency. Three other directors of the agency were quizzed Thursday for alleged corrupt practices.
The four top guns are being probed for alleged abuse of procurement laws with relation to four projects.
Top ICPC officials however described the development as routine questioning, insisting the officials would not be detained after being quizzed.
According to available information, the N143.9million projects include 53kWp Solar Hybrid Mini-Grid at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital; 25KWF Solar Mini-Grid at Public Health Laboratory in Lagos; 20KWP Solar Mini Grid in Ikenne; and 10 KWP Solar Mini-Grid in Iberekodo Isolation Centre in Ogun State.
One major bone of contention, sources said, is the allegation that the projects were executed before the Certificate of No Objection for the contracts was received by REA on August 13, 2020.
The top officials were invited by the ICPC through a September 10, 2020 signed by Acting Director, Investigation, Hassan Mohammed.
The letter of invitation reads: “The commission is investigating a case of alleged violation of provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
“In view of the foregoing and pursuant to Section 28 of the cited Act, you are requested to appear before the undersigned at the commission’s headquarters, Abuja on Thursday, 17th September 2020 at 1000hrs for interview.
“Accordingly, you are also required to direct the under listed officers of your agency to appear before the before the undersigned on dates specified against their names at 1000hrs.
“You are all expected to come along with anyone of the following: A lawyer, Justice of Peace, Official of the Legal Aid Council or any other individual of your choice. Accept the assurances of the Honourable chairman’s high regards, please.”
Those affected include the Director, Procurement, Executive Director, Technical Services as well as the Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund.