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N10BN DEBTS: FCTA SEALS DEBTOR  FEDERAL MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

N10BN DEBTS: FCTA SEALS DEBTOR  FEDERAL MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) in the early hours of Tuesday has  sealed the Federal Ministry of Works, Federal Character Commission and Merit house Maitama and Murg plaza over an alleged ten billion naira debts waste management owed to Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).

Addressing newsmen  during the exercise, Director of the Board, Osilama Briamah averred that  the board provided waste management and other environmental services for their service providers and they refused to pay.

 

Briamah pointed out  that the board had huge amount laying without response from the defaulters.

According to him, “We try to negotiate to have a better way to achieve results but there was no positive response, we had given them payment plan but many of them refused to take this opportunity serious, the board then resort to legal means to recover the debts.

He explained that the board got court orders to seal the premises.

 

According to him, the exercise which has just begun will cover all public and private offices owing the board.

A report says a  Magistrate court sitting in Wuse, Abuja had served the defendants with summons to appear before the court on March 30th, 2022 but they failed to honour the court.

A break down of the debts showed that Federal ministry of Education owed 25,838,275, Federal Ministry of Defence –17,220,775.00 and Federal character commission—10,128,906.25.

Others include Civil service commission–2,451,649.50, Revenue mobilisation and fiscal commission—21,683,750.00

Federal ministry of Health 14,204,843.75, Fed ministry of Trade & Investment—-19,222,287.50, Federal ministry of Works — 9,998,625.00, Nigeria Security and civil Defence corps wuse–16,583,031.25.

The Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement to the minister of FCT, Ikahro Attah who led the enforcement said the operation followed the initiative put together by the FCT  Minister and the Permanent Secretary to recover the extreme debts owed the board.

He stated that the FCT Administration is worried about the high amount being owed FCTA pointing out that the  administration needs enough fund to build infrastructure and keep the city running.

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