The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Dr (Mrs) Akon Eyakenyi, has assured contractors that are being owed by the ministry that payments for work done would be made to them as soon as money is received from the Federal Ministry of Finance.
Eyakenyi spoke while addressing some contractors who were in the ministry in Abuja to protest what they described as non-payment for work done with the ministry.
The statement was made available, on Thursday, by the ministry in Abuja.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr George A. Ossi, who represented the minister, invited representatives of the contractors for a dialogue in his office where he appealed to them to state their cases in a calm atmosphere so that the solutions they seek could be approached with decorum.
“The contractors stated that they had been informed that while payment for work done in 2014 was paid for, some of them had not received any payment even though they had executed work between 2010 and 2013,” the statement read.
Responding, the permanent secretary thanked them for being orderly and not riotous but explained that money that was released in the past came with the specific instruction that contractors who executed jobs relating to the zonal intervention projects in 2014, be paid.
He also informed them that no money has been received from the Ministry of Finance for the jobs that they did.
He, however, assured them that once money is received, they would be duly informed with a view to paying them, adding that his office was opened at all times and that he was ready to provide information regarding their payment if and when the need arises.