Only N5 billion out of the N9.2 billion approved for procurement of clean cook stoves has so far been released by the federal government.
The minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia L. Mallam disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Abuja during an inspection of the clean cook stoves project.
Mallam explained that the ministry had given N1.3 billion to the contractor as part of 15 percent kick off contract agreement to enable both parties play smooth in the execution of the project, adding that the remaining N3.7 billion is kept safe in the ministry’s account.
Minister said although the ministry has begun the distribution of clean cook stove in most northern states, the N9.2billion was a presidential intervention to support the good work of the ministry.
Mallam expressed optimism that by the year 2020 the use of firewood would be replaced by the new clean cook stoves for more safety to both health and environment.
Also speaking, the contractor of the project, Integral Renewable Energy Service Limited, Boma Young-Harry said that the stoves will be supplied in batches based on the amount received from the ministry.
He said, “We have only received the sum of N1.3 billion which is 15 percent of the total amount of the project cost which was our initial agreement.

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