Akpabio Names Lawmakers Who Got NDDC Contracts

By 01:30 Mon, 27 Jul 2020 Comments

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has named some federal lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The named lawmakers include the Chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwabaoshi, whose name was listed against 53 projects.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Mr Akpabio also said Senator Matthew Urhoghide got six projects, Senator James Manager got six contracts while a former senator, Samuel Anyanwu, got 19 projects.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

Some of the projects are emergency roads in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

A few others were simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

A spokesperson for Mr Akpabio, Aniete Ekong, confirmed that the document containing the names was part of those sent by Mr Akpabio to lawmakers investigating the NCDC.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

The document also contained a list of projects assigned to non-members of the National Assembly.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

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. It is also not clear whether or not they are constituency projects.(Wapbaze_Copyright)

This revelation comes days after the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, threatened to sue the minister for alleged defamation of character.



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