The Federal Capital Territory Authority has reportedly sealed off the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing located at Mabushi in Abuja in a bid to recoup about N10billion owed the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB).
Also affected is the popular Murg plaza located just opposite the UTC Market, at Area 10, Garki, Merit House, and the Federal Character Commission, among others.
TOS NEWS gathered that the exercise was carried out Tuesday morning by heavily armed security personnel drawn from the police, Civil Defense Corps, among others.
The Director of the Board, Engineer Osilama Braimah, who doubles as Chairman of the Special Debt Taskforce, in company of the Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah, monitored the exercise.
Braimah said government Ministries, Departments and Agencies were owing to the tune of 10billion naira and this, he said, was not acceptable.
He, however, hinted that some ministries were making frantic efforts to pay while others are unwilling to pay.
According to him, “The board got court orders to seal the premises.”
He said the exercise, which has just begun, will cover all public and private offices owing the board.
A senior magistrate court sitting in Wuse II, Abuja, had served the defendants with summons to appear before the court on March 30th, 2022, but they failed to honour the court.
“The debtors include: Federal Ministry of Works — N9,998,625.00; Federal Ministry of Defence –N17,220,775.00; Federal Character Commission—N10,128,906.25; Civil service Commission–2,451,649.50; and Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission—21,683,750.00.
“Others are Federal Ministry of Health —N14,204,843.75; Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment—N19,222,287.50; Federal Ministry of Education Hqtrs –N25,838,275 and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Wuse–N16,583,031.25,” he disclosed.