Warri, Delta State — Contractors handling projects for the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, have threatened to embark on the ‘mother of all’ protest to press for outstanding payments.
Chairman Contractors Association of NDDC, Mr. Joe Adia said many of the contractors were tired of alleged endless promises, adding that many of them were owed for jobs completed over three years ago.
Adia also called on Vice President Professor Yemi Osibanjo to meet with the contractors to truly hear their stories, saying that some of them had died from frustration due to non-payment for jobs they executed.
“Many of the contractors have lost their properties to banks where they borrowed money to do the jobs. It is so bad. Sometimes we hear the commission will pay jobs below ten million Naira but we don’t see any action. As I talk to you contractors are dying.
The Vice President should meet with us to hear our story and make out serious plans on how our members can be paid for their various jobs done. “, he said.
“ We are saying the federal government should be human to give audience to the NDDC Contractors. They have become victims of circumstances, they can not be paid for projects done for the Government through NDDC and can not even be met with to give them a sense of belonging.
Because of the lack of payment, many projects of the commission have been abandoned in the region. This interim board is supposed to hand over to a proper board whose Managing Director is to come from Delta state, the Government should do what is right to avoid protest from contractors”, he added.