FCT Indigenous Contractors Poised For Showdown With Minister



By Chuks Ehirim
All is not well with the Association of Indigenous Contractors of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as they are geared for a show-down with the authority of the Territory over non-payment of indebtedness.
The Association expressed dismay over the unnecessary delay in payment of matured bills (payment files with Minister’s approval) for months without recourse to plight.Part of grief is that since , 2012, payment was made until in June, 2012, a little of the outstanding debts were paid.
On the whole, the indigenous contractors are being owed a whopping sum of about  N3 billion. was gathered that they are also angry with the prompt payment to multi-national contractors leaving local contractors at the mercy of loans they got banks and other that  are  threatening  to seize collaterals.
Investigations revealed that in October, 2012 alone, multi-national contractors were paid a sum of N6 billion. These include Arab Contractors, Gilmor, Setraco, SCC and Salam amongst others.
However, was revealed  the meeting came to an uncontrollable stage was announced that of its Board of Trustees  member, Chief C.Y. Ezeji, died out of frustration of the plight of his unpaid contract sum and another executive member is currently receiving medication in .
at the FCT confirmed that the non-payment to indigenous contractors  on the hand and  total preference for multinationals, on the other recently pitted the FCT Minister, Senator Mohammed against  the Minister of State, Olajumoke Akinjide.

Besides, the contractors reasoned that without the payments, it has become to pay artisans, who contribute immensely to the sustenance of the society.
At a meeting of the Association last week, members threatened  the Executive insensitivity to their plight and warned that they would take to the streets if their issue is not given urgent attention.
As a backdrop of the meeting, the Association has given the FCT Administration a two-week ultimatum to effect payment of  outstanding debts on all Matured Bills.
The Members complained that the Executive of the Association have not allowed to meet with the authority of the FCT over their payment.
Another grievance of the Association is that on several occasions they have written to the FCT minister requesting to have an audience to find amicable ways of settling the outstanding debts but on each occasion, the request was turned down.

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