Akpabio Names Lawmakers Who Got NDDC Contracts
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has named some federal lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to Punch, the named lawmakers include the Chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwabaoshi, whose name was listed against 53 projects.
Some of the projects include emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku, in Delta State.
Akpabio also said Senator Matthew Urhoghide got six projects, Senator James Manager got six contracts while a former senator, Samuel Anyanwu, got 19 projects.
The former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Nicholas Mutu, was also named by the minister as receiving 74 contracts – the highest among the listed lawmakers.
Some of the projects are emergency roads in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states. A few others were simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.
Akpabio, however, did not state if the lawmakers were directly awarded the contracts or they nominated the projects under their Zonal Intervention Projects, also known as constituency projects.
Although the cost of the projects were not stated, the document shows that most of the projects were awarded in 2018, a year before the ninth assembly was inaugurated.
A spokesperson for Akpabio, Aniete Ekong, confirmed that the document containing the names was part of those sent by Akpabio to lawmakers investigating the NCDC.
The document also contained a list of projects assigned to non-members of the National Assembly.
This revelation comes days after the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, threatened to sue the minister for alleged defamation of character.
This was after Akpabio at a hearing organised by the House panel last Monday alleged that 60 percent of the contracts in the NDDC are given out to members of the National Assembly.
He was challenged by Gbajabiamila, to name the lawmakers involved in the scandal within 48 hours.
The minister earlier retracted his claim saying his reference was not to current lawmakers of the ninth assembly.
It also comes days after the Senate resolved to investigate allegations of corruption levelled by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) against some lawmakers.
The Senate gave its committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions four weeks to probe the allegations made by the management of the NDDC and Akpabio.
Both the House and the Senate have been investigating alleged misappropriation of funds and financial recklessness in the commission.