Chief Alex Kwapnoe
By Raymond Gukas, Jos
Plateau Our Heritage, (POH), has tasked the Plateau State Government to patronize credible indigenous contractors for its projects.
The group made the demand in a press release, even as it commend the government for the infrastructural development gesture the state has yearned for over the years.
According to the release signed by its Chairman, Hon Alex Kwapnoe and released by secretary; Friday Bako, the”position of government towards addressing the infrastructural deficit in the State is quite commendable and a well thought idea”
“As a group, we are disturbed that competent indigenous contractors are not considered and given the opportunities to execute projects in the State instead non-indigenous contractors are given undue attention and end up not developing the State with the proceeds they get from the contracts.
“We appeal to the Plateau State govt and its local govts to look inward and begin to patronize indigenous contractors who have the propensity of investing hugely in the State which may have multiplier effect.There seems to be no record of plateau state indigenes benefiting from contracts of other states”, the release stressed.
It added that the state “should discontinue giving State’s contracts to outsiders instead credible indigenous contractors that have demonstrated enough capacity of handling projects creditably well should be considered and empowered as they recruit expertise in the various professions to handle the works.indeed it should be an offence to offer our contracts to others wheras our citizens do not enjoy reciprocal arrangements.
“In so doing, standards must however not be compromised but strictly adhered to.
“Plateau State is blessed with professionals who can compete favorably well with others across the Nation.
It is therefore a disservice if they are ignored while persons with lesser competencies are given attention at the detriment of the Indigenes”, it noted.