FG Will Prosecute Defaulting Contractors – Obla

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By Inyali Peter

Okoi Obono Obla SA to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Barrister Okoi Obono-Obla says the Federal Government will prosecute contractors who have defaulted in the execution of contracts despite receiving payment.

Obla disclosed this in Calabar recently when he made available to newsmen, a copy of a letter addressed to the Federal Road Maintenance Agency  (FERMA) directing the agency to within 14 days, compile and forward the names of defaulting contractors to the office of the Special Assistant on Prosecution.

He said the process will afford government the opportunity to pay contractors who have executed their projects but are yet to be paid fully.

He noted that the government is fully committed to the promise of paying indigenous contractors who were owed after the completion of their contracts as the letter is an affirmation to government’s resolve to rid the public sector of corruption.

“We have written to FERMA to forward list of contractors who have failed to executive respective contracts/jobs over the years. They are to comply with the directive, 14-days upon receipt of the letter” Obla said.

He continued; “This is part of the frantic efforts of the federal government to settle indigenous contractors who have duly executed their respective contracts accumulated over the years.

“However, contractors who have received payment and are in default of executing the contracts would be brought to book”.

Upon assumption of office, Obla had sent a similar letter to the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC which according to reports forced some contractors to return to site.

Cross River State is currently bedeviled with near impassable federal highways with no fewer than 6 contracts awarded for rehabilitation in the past 3 years with no physical evidence to show where the monies allocated actually went to as reported by CrossRiverWatch.

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One commentOn FG Will Prosecute Defaulting Contractors – Obla

  • “Federal Government will prosecute contractors who have defaulted in the execution of contracts despite receiving payment.”

    “Contractors who have received payment and are in default of executing the contracts would be brought to book.”

    “This is part of the frantic efforts of the federal government to settle indigenous contractors who have duly executed their respective contracts accumulated over the years.”

    Why are some contractors paid when they have not done anything while those who have executed their contracts are not paid?

    “We have written to Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) directing the agency to within 14 days, compile and forward the names of defaulting contractors to the office of the Special Assistant on Prosecution.”

    Is it the responsibility of FERMA to maintain the list of contracts awarded in the country? Why don’t you contact the agency(ies) responsible for award of contracts directly for list of contracts awarded?

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