COVID19 Contractors Protest Due to Partial Payment Since 2020

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At the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), COVID-19 contractors calmly protested over the non-payment of their money. About 150 were involved in the protest, saying that they have been supplying personal protective equipment and COVID-19 treatment machines to FCTA without due payments.

During the protest, the contractors demanded that their money be paid as long as what is needed has been supplied to the administration since March 2020. The contractors came up with different kinds of placards, blocked the entrance to the FCTA secretariat and caused traffic gridlock on Kapital Street and Ahmadu Bello Way.

Mohammed Musa Bello, the FCT minister and the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Adesola Olusade, were not present at the office during the protest.

One of the contractors, Ewoma said, ‚ÄúToday is the 16th of October 2022; it became imperative to hold a peaceful protest in FCTA to demand immediate full payment of our money owed for the supply of various medical equipment/items at the advent of COVID-19.” He added that many of them had accumulated debts from the loans to supply the equipment and their staff had also not been paid salaries for months.

“It hasn’t been easy at all, which is the main reason for the peaceful protest, so we are appealing to the minister to pay this money so that contractors who came out to do these jobs will also be glad that they’ve done a very good job for the administration. We need to pay back our loans,” he lamented.

Ewoma said that the FCTA has been promising to pay this money, but to no avail; it still remains unpaid. He said that all the agreements the administration made with the Contractors had not been given any regard for almost three years now, yet nothing had been done.

He also said that in the previous year, a protest was also made regarding this issue, but it was partially settled as most contractors were still being owed.

“We demand full payment of all the monies currently being owed to us by FCTA within the next five working days,” they concluded.

Written by: Deborah Oyinloye

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