Contractors to Cut Food and Gas Supply to Prisons over N6 Billion Debt

The contractors, under the aegis of Nigeria Prison Service Ration and Gas Contractors, has given a warning that it will discontinue the supply of food and gas to prisons if urgent steps are not taken to settle the outstanding bills of food contractors.

The contractors have already made their intention known in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and jointly signed by the association’s President, Chief S. K. Sanni; National Secretary, Mr. Eugene Agro; and the National Vice President (North West), Alhaji Ibrahim A. Asarakawa.

The contractors informed Buhari that the Federal Government’s indebtedness to them currently stands at N6bn which has left them without the financial capacity to source for food and gas with which they could supply the prisons.

They therefore appealed to the President and the minister in charge of prisons to intervene in the matter by ensuring that the backlog is cleared.

They made it clear that if the debt was not paid by the end of this month, they might not be able to supply food items and gas in December, as they have exhausted not only their financial resources but also the sources where they have been getting the money to do business.

The contractors stated that they have not been paid for the supply of food items and gas to the prisons since January this year.

The situation, they added, forced them to resort to taking bank loans with all the accumulative interests, even as some of them sold their houses and other properties in order to meet up.

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