The Angolan National Bridges Company (ENPA) “will be privatised,” the minister of Construction and Public Works announced on Thursday in Luanda, giving assurances that preparations were being made to relaunch the work and pay arrears, namely 56 months of wages, the international press reported.
“ENPA is on the list of companies that are going to be privatised, and the negotiation process is ongoing with companies interested in its acquisition,” said Minister Manuel Tavares de Almeida.
Speaking at the end of a seminar on “Major irregularities in public administration and law,” promoted by the General Inspectorate of State Administration (IGAE) of Angola, the official said that the issue of arrears is also being considered in the context of the company’s privatisation.
Last February, Angolan newspaper Novo Jornal reported that ENPA could bounce back from its debt situation with an agreement that would be negotiated between the Ministry of Construction and Public Works and a private Chinese company, an agreement that apparently never came to fruition.
In October 2017, Manuel Tavares de Almeida visited the facilities of the bridge company and gave assurances that he was, “addressing the issue of salaries in arrears,” but after nine months, the company’s 400 employees say they are facing “multiple difficulties.” (macauhub)