About 150 contractors have threatened to drag the Ogun State Government before the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, over a N3.5 billion debt.
The contractors were employed to renovate and construct buildings as well as provide furniture in some schools across the 20 local government areas of the state.
According to them, the N3.5 billion contracts was executed in 2014 under the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB projects for 2010/2011.
In a statement signed by Adeniyi Rauf, they said series of letters had been written to Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa over the debt but no step had been taken to pay for the project.
They also claimed that several visits had been made to the SUBEB chairman, Chief Mufutau Ajibola and the governor, who was represented by his SSG but ended in futility.
They threatened that apart from the petition to the ICPC, they would embark on a peaceful protest on February 3, when President Muhammadu Buhari would be in the state for the celebration of 40 years existence of the state.
In his reaction, the state Chairman, SUBEB confirmed the debt, saying the governor had pledged to pay the debt.
New Mail quoted him as saying:
“It is true that we are owing the contractors but the governor has promised to pay them soon. You know we did not pay our counterpart funding, we only got our bailout. The governor has assured hem that he will pay very soon”.