By Fredrick Okopie
Contractors to Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, have staged a peaceful protest to DESOPADEC Head Office in Warri, demanding the payment of their accumulated debts owed them.
The contractors, led by Mr. Mayomi Johnson, expressed disappointment over the delay in payment for executed contracts, which he said had created intolerable hardship and death of members, who were unable to provide for their families’ health challenges.
He disclosed that the Board and Management of DESOPADEC had promised and failed on many occasions and as a result of the non-payment, some of the contractors have died due to high blood pressure, frustration and lack of money to treat themselves and care for their families, while some have had their property seized by banks, money lenders and other financial institutions because of the loans they took to execute the contracts.
According to him “We have not been paid but there are fake publications and propaganda that contractors have been paid. The state government should pity and pay the contractors and the landlords of DESOPADEC Areas office owed five years rent. The management of DESOPADEC should understand that the purpose of DESOPADEC is to empower contractors and indigenes of the oil producing areas but this is not what we are seeing now.”
He appealed to the Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene and ensure that payments are made as soon as possible, adding that the contractors are going through serious financial, emotional and socio-economic challenges in the past two years because of lack of payment by DESOPADEC.