Storm weary Puerto Rico has vowed to conduct a full audit on the small electrical firm that bagged its $300million contract. The promise comes in light of rumors that the company has affiliations to the Trump government.
The country is in dire need of electricity after it was ravaged by two storms back to back in September. First by Hurricane Irma which caused sufficient damage and then the far more destructive Hurricane Maria.
Although over a month has passed, Hurricane Maria’s destruction has left over 80% of the country in complete darkness.
To rectify the situation, the country has commissioned an electrical contract. The contract in question was awarded to a company named Whitefish Energy Holdings.
The company is located in the U.S. state of Montana and is rumored to have ties with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The company also holds U.S. President Donald Trump among its many investors.
The contract was issued by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) and will be funded by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).
However, many have raised objections to such a vast contract being issued to a relatively small company.
The company is merely two years old and popular consensus holds that it is a little young to take on such a vast project.
Some like Congressman Darren Soto said that they would request an investigation from the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General.
He stated that it was “concerning” to see a task this vast being contracted “solely” by a small enterprise like Whitefish Energy.
The reason behind its appointment thus falls back to its links with the Trump administration.
The committee’s spokesman Parish Barden made a statement to BBC saying “The size and unknown details of this contract raises numerous questions”.
A committee comprising of members from the U.S. House of Representatives is currently in the process of scrutinizing the contract.