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AGD Annual Report | NWA urged to regularise outstanding debt

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 10:58 AM
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The National Works Agency (NWA) is being urged to take the necessary actions to regularise outstanding debt payments.

The call was made by the Auditor General's Department in its 2018 annual report which was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

The report highlights that the NWA did not conduct periodic reviews of amounts owed to contractors to authenticate the legitimacy of outstanding debts.

It noted that invoices totalling $159.85 million for road maintenance remained unpaid for more than three years.

The report states that NWA subsequently indicated that $121.22 million of the total amount relates to projects the agency executed on behalf of Road Maintenance Fund but was not reimbursed.

The Auditor General's Department expressed that view that the NWA’s inability to make timely payments may not only cause reputational damage but also weaken its business relationship with suppliers and may lead to future unfavourable payment terms.

- Jerome Reynolds

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