The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has sealed off the Federal Ministry of Works, the Federal Character Commission, Merit House Maitama, and Murg plaza due to waste management arrears owed to the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).
During the exercise, the board’s Director, Engr Osilama Briamah, told reporters that the affected agencies refused to pay for the board’s services. He said that the board was sitting on a substantial sum of money, waiting for defaulters to reply.
The ongoing effort, he claims, would cover all public and private offices owed to the board. He claimed that the defendants had been asked to appear before a senior magistrate court in Wuse II, Abuja, on March 30, 2022, but that they had failed to do so.
Briamah told newsmen that the breakdown of the debts showed that the Federal Ministry of Education owed N25,838,275, the Federal Ministry of Defence -N17,220,775.00, and the Federal character commission–N10,128,906.25.
Others include the Civil service commission–N2,451,649.50, Revenue mobilization, and fiscal commission—N21,683,750.00; Federal ministry of Health N 14,204,843.75, Fed ministry of Trade & Investment—N19,222,287.50, Federal Ministry of Works — N9,998,625.00, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps wuse- N16,583,031.25.
Ikahro Attah, the senior Special Assistant on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement to the Minister of FCT, who led the enforcement, said the operation was part of an initiative put together by the minister of FCT and the permanent secretary to recover the board’s extreme debts. According to Attah, the FCT Administration is concerned about the large amount owed to FCTA.
“The FCT Administration requires sufficient funds to build infrastructure and keep the city running.” The administration has decided to target Ministries, parastatals, agencies, and private citizens. “We cannot wait for government funds to be restricted; it is wrong for people not to pay for services rendered,” he said.