Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Trouble As Philippino Woman Contractor Fails to Pay Two-Year Debt

If care is not taken, the rage between a female Philippine contractor, Ms Lolita Victorio and mine workers in Abuja over a two-year debt will degenerate into war.

Victorio is Managing Director/Chief Chief Executive (CEO) of a firm that goes by name Britamold Limited which office is located in Commerce Plaza, near old secretariat, Area One, Abuja.

The mine workers who operate under the name Nigerian Union of Mine Workers have accused the Filipino of refusing to pay for 800 trips of latrite they supplied since 2010.

The workers who stormed the premises of Britamold last week to state their grouse could not find the CEO.

Now, the mine workers are threatening to march to the Philippine embassy.

The chairman of Nigerian Union of Mine Workers, City Gate Tipper Garage branch whose members are being owed, Nasiru Zubairu told our reporter that the union is particularly saddened by the death of one of his members who yearned for this money.

He said, "Abdulraheem Sale who died leaving behind six children and two wives longed for this money to settle his medical bills."

Our reporter was shown a Xerox copy of a Local Purchase Order (LPO) signed by Victorio on 25th November 2010 ordering 800 trips of latrite at the unit price of N8,500 amounting to N6,800,000.

The LPO stated that the supply of the latrite be done in seven days and payment within 14 days.

The mine workers said they complied with all the terms of the contract but have not been paid since then, thereby putting them in untold hardship.

One of those who supplied the sand, Ado Leo said that N400,000 has been paid them out of the N6,800,000.

The latrite which was dumped at a construction site called Brokmore Housing Estate in Lokogoma was for reclamation of the land.

Sunday Trust investigations revealed that Britmold Limited has been enjoying Nigerian government's patronage.

It is currently executing a contract for the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Abuja.

Another big client of Britamold Limited is the Federal Ministry of Housing.

When contacted on phone, Victorio who is chairman of union of the Filipinos resident in Nigeria said the project "is a bad job" because the contract was revoked.

She acknowledged owing the workers but would not say when she will pay.

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