Technocrat Media, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has sealed off the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and other government agencies over N10billion debts.
The sealing of the government buildings took place on Tuesday according to Daily Post.
The FCT Administration is sealing the MDAs to collect about N10billion owed the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).
The exercise also affected the popular Murg plaza located just opposite the UTC Market, at Area 10, Garki, Merit House, and the Federal Character Commission, among others.
Officials of the FCT Administration were escorted by heavily armed security personnel comprised of officers from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, among others.
Osilama Braimah, director of the Abuja Environment Protection Board (AEPB) who is also the Chairman of the FCTA Special Debt Taskforce, in the company of the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement, monitored the exercise.
Mr Braimah said government ministries, departments and agencies were owing to the tune of N10billion and this, he said, was not acceptable.
He added while some MDAs were making frantic efforts to pay, others showed signs of unwillingness to pay.
“The board got court orders to seal the premises,” he said.
He noted that the exercise which has just begun will cover all public and private offices owing to the board.
A senior magistrate court sitting in Wuse II, Abuja, had served the defendants with the summons to appear before the court on March 30th, 2022, but they failed to honour the court.
“The debtors include: Federal Ministry of Works — N9,998,625.00; Federal Ministry of Defence –N17,220,775.00; Federal Character Commission—N10,128,906.25; Civil service Commission–2,451,649.50; and Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission—21,683,750.00.
“Others are Federal Ministry of Health —N14,204,843.75; Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment—N19,222,287.50; Federal Ministry of Education Hqtrs –N25,838,275; and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Wuse–N16,583,031.25”, he stressed.