Following reports that the Osun State government has handed the MKO Abiola Airport, still under construction, over to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF), the contractor handling the project has demanded to be paid over half a billion Naira for jobs done and threatened to sue the government if noth ing is done in two weeks.
The contractor said the de mand became imperative fol lowing the action of the state government which he said was unilateral and uncalled for, claiming it was improper for the Osun State govern ment to abandon the agree ments on the job without properly discharging him and paying for jobs done.
The contractor, JM & AS Lim ited, wrote directly to Gover nor Adegboyega Oyetola; the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, and the state Commissioner for Works through his lawyers, J. J. Usman, and demanded for the payment of N570.2 mil lion outstanding debts on job done and also demanded that the company be mobilised back to site.
JM & AS said it had raised milestone certificates and got approvals, months ago, for payment for jobs done, but that it was surprising that no money had been paid while it learnt that the government was allegedly re awarding the contract.
Usman said in the letter: “It is instructive to note that the sum due to our client and outstanding has re mained unpaid after several demands, leading our client to vacate the site since it became impossible for our client to continue with the work owing to the failure and refusal of the government to pay the outstanding debt.
“Our client further in formed us that having served the government notices of intention to vacate the site due to government failure to pay, they indeed vacated the site sometimes in 2017.
“While our client was waiting for the government to comply with the terms of the contract by paying for Certificates Nos 4 and 5, and to enable them return to site and continue with their the state government has curiously and purport edly re-awarded the contract or handed-over the site to a different company other than Awol International Limited as contained in the MoU despite the subsisting of the contract of our client, which has not been terminated.
“It is our client’s instruc tion to us to demand and we hereby demand from you the following: The im mediate payment of our cli ent’s outstanding balance of N570,231,101.94 being the balance for the interim Cer tificate No. 4 and Interim Certificate No. 5 outstanding as contained in the final account.
“And also your government to provide the enabling en vironment for our client to mobilise back to site as our client’s contract is still subsist ing and our client is willing, and capable of completing the construction of the Moshood Abiola International Airport Osogbo, Osun State.”
Usman warned that “this letter serves as a pre-action notice” and hinted that “recourse will not be to you upon failure of your govern ment to take all necessary steps in the payment of the full stated sum and providing the enabling environment for our Client to mobilise back to site within 14 days after re ceipt of this letter.”
When contacted, a source in the company, Ade Adedeji, told newsmen that the company had not been contacted by either the governor or any official of state govern ment, saying “we have spoken through our lawyers on the matter.”
Source: Nigerian Tribune