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Govt agencies owe WSC as much as $7m

Several government agencies collectively owe the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) $5 million to $7 million in unpaid bills, WSC Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson revealed.

“We’ve had a lot of government [agencies] that have fallen behind in payments,” Gibson said on the Guardian Talk Radio 96.9 FM talk show “The Political Review” with host Quincy Parker on Sunday.

“I’ve written to the minister of finance requesting the payments as well. We have some $7 million – I think it’s about $7 million – $5 million to $7 million outstanding. So I’ve written to the minister of finance. I’ve spoken to him as well last week, just telling him that we’ll need another payment so that we can move things along, but that’s been a concern as well.”

Since sending his letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest the chairman said the corporation has received “an installment in recent weeks and we anticipate receiving another shortly”.

When reached for comment Turnquest told The Nassau Guardian, “The government is aware that there may be outstanding [payments] to various agencies at times but the government is committed to paying its bills, which it normally does.”

Gibson said the corporation will not make any exemptions for any government agencies or ministries.

“We are looking to collect across the board and, you know, move this thing along,” he said.

When asked if quasi-government organizations pay their bills at WSC, Gibson said, “Let’s put it like this, finance tries to pay down on some of these bills. We do carry some outstanding balances.”

When pressed on who owed the most, he said, “Well, I’m not going to get into that right now.”

In May 2018, Gibson said the corporation intended to restructure its operation to tackle the collection of a $45 million accounts receivable balance in the most efficient way possible.

According to data obtained by The Guardian at the time, delinquent accounts that were more than 90 days overdue totaled roughly $35 million of the total amount of money owed to WSC.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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