Two contractors Prince Stanley Njoku and Mr. Ugochukwu Nwachukwu have threatened to drag the Imo State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Soronnadi Njoku to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the court for non-payment of office equipment supplied to the Imo State Ministry of Justice in December last year.
This was contained in a Letter written to the Imo Chief Law Officer on behalf of the contractors by the contractors’ lawyer demanding for the payment of the said goods supplied to the state ministry.
The letter was recently made available to the press partly reads thus:
‘It could be recalled that at your instruction in December 2011, my clients (the contractors) supplied your office Split-Unit Air-conditioners at the cost of Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand (=N=780,000.00) while the second company supplied other office equipment at the cost of Five Million, Five Hundred and Twenty Six Thousand Naira (=N=5,526,000.00).Interestingly, you took delivery of the above named items and have been using them since December, 2011…’.
While speaking to some journalists in Owerri, the embattled contractors said that since last year December they supplied the items to the Imo State Ministry of Justice, that they had made several demands from the Attorney General but that the Imo Chief Law Officer had refused to pay them. The contractors said that they took credit facilities from a commercial bank to supply the office equipment and that the banks were already on their necks as the said credit facility was due for repayment. They further revealed that the ministry said that they had no money to pay for the goods and directed them to the Governor for payment. The contractors said that the Governor However, declined to pay for the items saying that it was the liability of the ministry to do so. Still expressing their frustration on the situation, the contractors said that the ministry had been using the supplied items without making any effort to pay for them. They said that it was even an irony that the same ministry that should ensure that things are done legally was involved in such an alleged unwholesome practice and begged the state government to come to their rescue. They have threatened to report the matter to the Nigerian Bar Association and the Legal Practitioners (Privilege) Committee also if the Attorney General continues owing them
It could be recalled that many contractors who have done various jobs during the Okorocha Administration in Imo State have been complaining of non-payment for contracts done. Recently, the media had carried the story on how some contractors were given dud cheques by the Imo State Government as payment for jobs done.
Submitted by Clifford Okorie