AKPABIO DENIES ACCUSING LAWMAKERS OF BEING NDDC CONTRACTORS

Written by on July 24, 2020

MINISTER OF NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS, SENATOR GODSWILL AKPABIO, HAS WALKED BACK HIS CLAIM THAT NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LAWMAKERS GOT 60 PER CENT OF CONTRACTS FROM THE NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (NDDC), AN AGENCY UNDER HIS MINISTRY’S SUPERVISION.

AKPABIO, IN A LETTER TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WHICH HAD ON TUESDAY GIVEN HIM A 48-HOUR ULTIMATUM THAT EXPIRED YESTERDAY, TO PUBLISH THE NAMES OF THE CONTRACTOR-LAWMAKERS, SAID THE REFERENCE HE MADE TO 60 PER CENT DURING HIS PRESENTATION BEFORE THE HOUSE NDDC COMMITTEE WAS IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION BY A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE.

NDDC MATTER WAS ALSO THE FOCUS OF THE SENATE YESTERDAY AS IT DEMANDED THE DISSOLUTION OF THE AGENCY’S INTERIM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (IMC), THE RETURN OF ITS SUPERVISION TO THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION (SGF) AND THE REFUND OF N4.923 BILLION IN ILLEGAL PAYMENTS TO THE COFFERS OF THE COMMISSION.

AKPABIO’S LETTER WAS SUBMITTED TO THE HOUSE SPEAKER, HON. FEMI GBAJABIAMILA, AT THE PLENARY YESTERDAY, SOON AFTER HE SIGNIFIED THE HOUSE’S INTENTION TO TAKE A LEGAL ACTION AGAINST THE MINISTER FOR PERJURY AND CIVIL DEFAMATION.

AKPABIO, WHILE APPEARING ON MONDAY BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NDDC INVESTIGATING FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE COMMISSION, HAD SAID 60 PER CENT OF NDDC CONTRACTS WERE GIVEN TO FEDERAL LEGISLATORS.

BUT IN THE LETTER, WHICH IS A RESPONSE TO THE ONE GBAJABIAMILA HAD DIRECTED THE HOUSE CLERK TO WRITE TO THE MINISTER TO SUBSTANTIATE HIS ALLEGATION, AKPABIO HAD EXPLAINED THAT A LAWMAKER HAD ASKED HIM WHETHER A MEDICAL DOCTOR (DR. CAIRO OJOUGBOH) COULD SERVE AS AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IN CHARGE OF PROJECTS AT THE NDDC, TO WHICH HE RESPONDED BY SAYING THAT SINCE 50 TO 60 PER CENT OF NDDC CONTRACTS WERE MEDICAL RELATED, THEN THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG IN A DOCTOR BEING IN CHARGE OF PROJECTS.

HE STATED THAT OJOUGBOH SENT HIM A LIST OF 19 CONTRACTS YET TO BE PAID FOR, WHICH THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON NDDC INSISTED MUST BE PAID BEFORE THE 2020 BUDGET OF THE COMMISSION COULD BE PASSED.

AKPABIO APPEALED TO THE SPEAKER TO PASS THE MESSAGE TO THE LAWMAKERS WHO PROBABLY MISUNDERSTOOD HIS STATEMENT.


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