The Federal Capital Territory Administration has reaffirmed its commitment to pay all outstanding liabilities owned to contractors who supplied various items in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic in the territory.
FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, gave this commitment while addressing aggrieved contractors who are yet to be paid for jobs executed for the administration.
Adesola, who appealed to the contractors to exercise patience, however, revealed that despite the challenges of funding, the administration has paid 109 contractors who supplied Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) and 54 contractors in other Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs).
The Permanent Secretary who hinged the delay in payments to dwindling internal revenue generation and expected funds from the federal government, also 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.
Adesola assured; “We are making serious efforts in ensuring that we get the expected funds 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”.