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Contractors ground FCTA for ‘diverting’ COVID-19 funds

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CONTRACTORS numbering over 300, yesterday, barricaded premises of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) protesting against what they called ‘diversion of COVID-19 funds’ they said was meant for them.

    Over 300 angry contractors blocked the major entrances as early as 10 am to Area 11 where the offices of FCT Ministers and Permanent Secretary are located.

  The protest led to the temporary disruption of the activities in the FCTA with protesters chanting solidarity songs and accusing Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Olusade Adesola, as the first culprit.

  According to the contractors, they executed various COVID-19 contracts for the FCTA between March 2020 and April 2021 without being paid.

  Spokesperson of the protesters, Emmanuel Nwachendu, said they would sustain the protest till their money was paid.

  “The accusation of N1 million bribe before you are paid is true. This is one whole year after the supply. The agreement states that two weeks after the supply; once you supply, bring your invoice, you will be paid. This is one year running and nothing; we hear that each of the contractors has to pay N1m bribe to the permanent secretary before we can be paid, and that without the N1m bribe, you won’t get paid,” he said.

  But Adesola denied asking anybody for a N1 million bribe, stressing that the delay in paying the contractors was due to their failure to meet all the administrative requirements.

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