Contractors Handling Building Contracts In Plateau Cry Out Over Nonpayment

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Yakubu Busari

Contractors handling the Governor Simon Bako Lalong Legacy Projects have raised an alarm that they are suffering untold hardship over nonpayment of contractors.

This medium gathered the prices of foodstuffs skyrocketed during the Easter celebration and most civil servants in Plateau State observed a low-key celebration.

It was gathered that contractors who sunk their money into the contracts are on run to avoid being harassed by those who lend them money to begin the execution of the contract.

Some of them expressed displeasure that the meager amount they got was deployed thinking they were going to be paid, as they said it is approaching one without payment.

The contractors are crying for nonpayment of their uncompleted projects even when the projects they embarked on have reached 90% completion.

One of the Contractors raised an alarm that they’ve resorted to hiding to avoid harassment and intimidation from those who gave them money to embark on the governor legacy projects.

Our correspondent gathered they have abandoned their homes where some of them sometimes sneak into their apartments at late nights to avoid being harassed by those people who lend money to them from trooping into residents demanding their money.

They also expressed sadness that the governor promised to upsets part payment in a meeting held with all contractors in Government House Rayfield in early January 2021 meaning their hope has been dashed.

According to them, who refused to mention their names in print lamented that they’re suffering and having sleepless nights battling on how to convince those money lenders who are trooping to disturb them at home for their money.

They appealed to Governor Lalong to release some part of their money to enable them to pay back the money they borrowed to begin the legacy projects and settle their children’s school fees.

“We have resorted to switching off our phone numbers in order avoid embarrassment because early in the morning they assembled themselves to our home threatening us with court action but intervened to save our family names.

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