MPW Discredits Frontpage Africa
-Says, Story Has Not Truth
The Ministry of Public Works says, its attention has been drawn to a FrontPage headline story carried in its Monday, November 13, 2017 edition captioned: “Public Works Ministry Makes US$5M Payment to Contractor Against LACC Advice”.“From all information available to the Ministry of Public Works through its Communication and Documentation Division, the current administration has not made any payment to PGL in the tune of US $ 5 million as was stated by the paper and to the extent that said was done against the advice of the LACC,” the Ministry said in its reaction to the story
According to the Ministry, this information is not only false and misleading, but it is actually intended to harm the image of the current senior management team headed by Hon. William Gyude Moore.
The Ministry clarified that while acknowledges that it has an on-going business relations with PGL, said, relationship was neither initiated nor encouraged by the current administration but rather its predecessors who based on established facts, operated within the space of authorized power, the procurement law and modern administrative procedures.
“To-date, the Ministry has paid PGL a total of Nine Hundred-Twenty Five Thousand United States Dollars (US$ 925,000.00) out of a total addendum of Three Million Two Hundred-Four Thousand-Four Hundred and Seventeen Dollars -Seventeen Cents (US$ 3,204.417.17).”
Meanwhile, to further discredit the Frontpage Africa story, the MPW disclosed that the outstanding amount between it and PGL is Two Million Two Hundred Seventy-Nine Thousand Four Hundred –Seventeen Dollars and Seventeen Cents $ 2,279.417.17 which can only be paid based on full completion of the work in line with contractual terms and agreement.
“In view of the aforementioned, the Ministry calls on the media to always ascertain information of this magnitude before proceeding to publish so as to report nothing but the truth for balanced public consumption.” The dispatch was signed by Jesefu M. Keita, Director-Communications & Documentation.