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FG Vows Recovering AEPB N9bn Debt From Defaulting MDAs

Yemi Osinbanjo
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 at 6:20 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), has pledged Federal Government’s support towards the recovery of N9 billion from federal institutions indebted to Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).

Oyo-Ita who gave the assurance during an interactive session with Baba Lawan, Chairman, Ministerial Task Team on the recovery of N9 billion owed the AEPB, threatened to embark on deduction from the first line charge of all defaulting institution.

She said that they risk losing a chunk of their overhead expenditure, should they fail to settle their outstanding debts to the board.

She said these MDAs have no business owing the AEPB as the expenses ought to have been fully taken care of in their annual overhead budgetary expenditures.

Oyo-Ita who disclosed that her office had similar understanding with the PHCN or the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to deduct at first line charge all indebtedness by government institutions to the company, said it would have no option than to write the budget office to authorise the arrangement, should the MDAs fail to defray their indebtedness to the AEPB.

Her words: “We want to convey a very strong message to all the MDAs under the office of Head of Service, that is, the ministries and various Parastatals that if efforts are not made to clear the debts by the next overhead allocation, we will have no option than to ask the Budget Office to make deductions at first charge.

“That is the arrangement we even have here with the PHCN or Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. We’ve given the budget office approval to deduct our bills and they are still doing it,” she reiterated.

The Head of Service also disclosed that a committee would be set up, comprising members from her office and FCT Administration to negotiate with the erring MDAs for the purposes of reconciliation and payment of these outstanding debts.

Speaking earlier, Baba Lawan, the Chairman, Ministerial Task Team on the recovery of N9 billion owed the AEPB, said the FCT Minister, constituted the Special Task Team when the Administration realised it was unable to offset its rising indebtedness to the companies it had contracted to provide these services.

Lawan emphasised that due to the dwindling revenues accruing to the FCTA, the administration was finding it very difficult to settle the bills, which he said, amounted to more than N200 million per month.

He said, “The level of indebtedness to the FCTA by Federal Government agencies exceeds over N9 billion. We have organisations, the residents, the plazas, the commercial banks, the hospitals and so forth that are all indebted to the administration.”

He stressed, “Because of this fact, the Special Task Team was constituted and given eight weeks to recover such funds. We are now in our third week.”

The chairman thus appealed to the Head of Service to prevail on the MDAs to oblige and defray their balances within the shortest possible time to avoid discontinuation of solid and liquid waste disposal services.

“The FCT Administration is by no means willing to embarrass federal institutions either by dragging them to the mobile court or to discontinue the services of either solid or liquid waste,” Lawan restated.