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Contractors impound Kaduna government vehicles over unpaid fees

Some contractors have impounded vehicles belonging to Kaduna State Road Agency (KADRA) over failure to pay some contract sum. The contractors who operated under the…

Some contractors have impounded vehicles belonging to Kaduna State Road Agency (KADRA) over failure to pay some contract sum.

The contractors who operated under the KADRA Drainage Construction Association (KDCA) were paid N623 million out of N1.854 billion being the initial total amount for the contract two years ago.

The aggrieved contractors had headed for the court, where Justice Binta Zubairu of a Kaduna High Court ordered that the, “defendants shall pay to the plaintiffs the sum of two hundred and fifty four million, four hundred and five thousand, one hundred and sixty nine Naira, fifty two kobo being the aggregate sum owed by the defendants in respect of drainage work valuation batch 2 of 2nd March, 2018.”

The court also said, “The defendant shall pay an interest rate of 10% of the judgement sum from today (12 October, 2022) till the entire judgement sum is fully liquidated.”

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However, speaking to newsmen while executing the court order at KADRA, Chairman of the contractors, Aminu Idris, explained that the first batch of contractors were paid in full while the second batch were paid partly.

“We have waited for over two years but payment was not made, and when we demanded our payment, they informed us that they had finished paying, hence our action to approach the court and the order of attaching and moving their property was given by Justice Binta Zubairu.”

Idris however, explained that they are only concerned about their payment, adding that the sum of N623 million was paid in 2017, out of N1.854 billion being the initial total amount for the contract.

He further explained that the refusal of KADRA to pay his members had plunged them into socio-economic hardship.