by Onome Oraka
At a news conference in Kano, Chairman of the Association of Indigenous Contractors alleged that the Kano state government owed its members N60 billion on completed projects in the state.
The Chairman, Alhaji Auduwa Maitangaran alleged that the indebtedness of the state government to its members was deliberate, adding that the businesses of many of the contractors had been badly affected by the development.
Maitangaran further revealed that the association had written over 30 letters to the government but had received no response on all occasions. He said that the association resolved to take legal action against the government at some point as many of the contractors were indebted to banks, but were discouraged due to some reasons.
The chairman was confident that the incoming administration would rescue them from difficulties and ensure that the debts are cleared off.
Kano state governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso in a response to the allegation said he was unaware of the magnitude of the debts but quickly added that his administration would reduce the debts before May 29.
The governor while speaking to journalists said that his administration inherited a N77 billion debt when it took over in 2011.
Kwankwaso said that projects were still being executed in the state and the government was paying the contractors on completion of the projects.