GOVERNMENT SUSPEND DISTRIBUTION OF CLEAN COOK STOVES

Federal Government has suspended the distribution of the N9.2 billion presidential intervention clean cook stoves meant for rural women in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment had disclosed that it has received the sum of N5 billion naira out of the N9.2 billion naira approved by federal government for the purchase of the stoves.

Addressing a world press conference to kick start activities for this year’s World Environment Day, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Fatima Mede, said it was necessary to suspend the distribution because the number of stoves supplied is yet to be ascertained, adding that the number of clean cook stoves supplied by the contractor is suspected not to be up to the expected number to be supplied.

Mede stated that the ministry had given N1.3 billion to the contractor as part of 15 per cent kick off contract agreement to enable both parties play smooth, and the remaining N3.7 billion is kept safe in the ministry’s account, hence the suspension of distribution of the stoves.

Speaking on the focus of this year’s World Environment Day; the Permanent Seccretary said it will focus on sustainable environmental management and urged the general public to be wary of global warming and its effects on the climate.



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