Inyali Peter|5 April 2017
The Federal Government has given the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) a 14-days ultimatum to compile and forward names of contracts defaulters to the office of the Special Assistant (SA) to the President on prosecution.
In a letter addressed to the Acting Managing Director of FERMA by the SA, Barr. Okoi Obono-obla and made available to newsmen in Calabar, the government has vowed to prosecute all contractors who have failed to execute contracts awarded over the years.
Obla also stated that the process will afford the government opportunity to pay contractors who have executed their projects but yet to be fully paid.
He noted that the government is fully committed to the promise of paying indigenous contractors who were owed after the completion of their contracts.
Recall that on assumption of office, the SA sent similar letter to the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC which reportedly forced some contractors to return to site.
The latest letter according to him, is the reaffirmation of the commitment of the government to rid the public service of corruption.
According to the SA "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".
He added that "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".
Writes from Calabar