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FCTA yet to pay many COVID-19 contractors


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The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, is yet to pay many of the contractors who supplied various items during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DAILY NIGERIAN learnt that the Administration had only paid 109 contractors for supplying Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, to Health and Human Services Secretariat, HHSS.

About 54 other contractors in other Secretariats, Departments and Agencies, SDAs, had also been paid by the Administration.

But the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola, gave an assurance that the remaining contractors would be paid their entitlements soon, citing financial challenges as the reason for the delay.

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Speaking with some of the contractors in Abuja on Monday, Mr Adesola appealed with them to exercise patience.

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The permanent secretary, who hinged the delay in payments to dwindling internal revenue generation and expected funds from the Federal Government, expressed optimism that the contractors would be paid as soon as possible.

He stressed that the procurement for COVID-19 supplies cut across all the SDAs, including Water Board, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Federal Capital Development Authority, Social Development Secretariat, Education Secretariat, amongst others.

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“We are making serious efforts in ensuring that we get the expected fund from the Federal Government and we are also ensuring that we up-scale our Internal Revenue Generation (IGR) to enable us offset our liabilities.

“I want to assure you that all our contractors will be paid soon,” he said.

Earlier, one of the contractors, Emmanuel Nwachendu, alleged that the administration had in the contract agreement promised to pay two weeks after the supply.

“They said once you supply bring your invoice and you will be paid.

“This is one year running, yet nothing. The administration has been paying some of the contractors and refused to pay others,” he said.

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Mr Nwachendu said that most of the contractors had supplied various medical equipment and personal protective equipment and other things used in containing the pandemic.

“What we heard initially was that procurement processes was suspended and the money was supposed to have been paid within two weeks; maximum one month of supply.

“Some of us took loans to be able to meet up with the supply,” he said.

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