Report has it that Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has revealed members of the National Assembly who were awarded contracts by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Akpabio linked the former Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC, Nicholas Mutu. Mutu who represents Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State was allegedly awarded 74 contracts.
The minister also linked Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the Chairman Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs. Nwaoboshi was allegedly awarded 53 projects. The projects includes; 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.
Senator Matthew Urhoghide, lawmaker representing Edo South, was allegedly awarded 6 contracts; James Manager, lawmaker representing Delta-South, was allegedly awarded 6 contracts; Samuel Anyanwu, the lawmaker representing Imo-West, was awarded 19 contracts; and other lawmakers from Ondo and Edo states were also allegedly awarded contracts.
According to The Punch, Akpabio however did not state if the lawmakers were directly awarded the contracts or if they nominated projects under their Zonal Intervention Projects (aka constituency projects).
The Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, had ordered Akpabio to provide names of lawmakers who were given contracts as he claimed.
Gbajabiamila threatened to sue the minister for alleged perjury and defamation of the parliament after his failure to comply with the 48 hours ultimatum given to him.
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