Bombshell: Akpabio Accuses Lawmakers Of Cornering 60% NDDC Contract


News Investigators/ The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, on Monday accused members of National Assembly of cornering about 60 per cent of contracts awarded by the troubled Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Mr. Akpabio made the starling revelation at a session of the House of Representatives committee probing the activities and financial spendings of the commission.

His testimony came few hours after the NDDC Acting Chairman, Daniel Pondei slumped at the National Assembly while appearing before the probe panel.

According to Mr. Akpabio, “most of the contracts at NDDC are handled by members of the National Assembly.That is how it has been.”

He said that he was not aware that the Interim Management Committee of the agency spent N85bn in recent months for unapproved projects.

Mr. Akpabio went further to disclose that the former Acting Managing Director of the commission, Joy Nunieh, was sacked because of her qualifications.

He said Nunieh does not have a National Youth Service Corps certificate as mandated by law for public servants of her level.


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