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NDDC contractors protest 10-year debt in Rivers

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
07 December 2021   |   3:39 am
Over 100 contractors under the auspices of the Contractors Association of Niger Delta Development Commission, yesterday, protested the non-payment of over 10 years of debts by the commission.

Over 100 contractors under the auspices of the Contractors Association of Niger Delta Development Commission, yesterday, protested the non-payment of over 10 years of debts by the commission.

Members of the association, who were seen carrying banners and chanting solidarity songs, barricaded the gate to NDDC headquarters, calling for the constitution of a substantive NDDC board.

They vowed to continue until their demands were met. According to them the commission owes them over N2 trillion for 10 years.

Chairman of the association, Joe Adia, told The Guardian: “The point is that there must be an end to this evil. They owe us over N2 trillion for 10 years.

“We are saying today will be the last time the NDDC will shortchange the destinies of contractors in the commission. We want them to pay us and we want them to constitute a board. One man running this commission does not make sense. They should inaugurate the board.

“Until the President answers us, we will not stop the protest or leave this gate.”

Meanwhile, the commission was yet to comment on the development as no official came out to address the protesters, and efforts to reach officials of the commission and the police proved abortive at the time of filing this report.