FG orders FERMA to forward names of road contract defaulters for prosecution

The Federal Government has given the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) a 14-day ultimatum to compile and forward names of contracts defaulters to the office of the Special Assistant (SA) to the President on Prosecution.

A letter addressed to the Acting Managing Director of FERMA by the SA, Mr Okoi Obono-obla stated that the process would afford the government opportunity to pay contractors who have executed their projects but are yet to be fully paid.

He said that the government was fully committed to the promise of paying indigenous contractors who were owed after the completion of their contracts.

An earlier letter to the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the SA had reportedly forced some contractors to return to site.

The latest letter according to Obono-Obla, was the reaffirmation of the commitment of the government to rid the public service of corruption.

He said,  “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”.

“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.”