The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and former governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio has name senators and members of House of Representatives who got contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
This revelation was coming on the heels of the minister’s failure to meet the 48-hour deadline given to him by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to name the lawmakers who got the contracts or face the “wrath of the house.”
Senators who benefited from the NDDC contracts include Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate Committee on NDDC, whose name was tied to 53 NDDC projects; Senator Matthew Urhoghide, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts; and Senator James Manager, representing Delta South.
Other beneficiaries include: Sam Anyanwu, a former senator representing Imo East, and Nicholas Mutu, a lawmaker from Delta State, who chaired the House Committee on NDDC in the last Assembly, and and now chairs the House Committee on Gas resources, who is credited with the highest number of contracts – 74.
Senators Urhoghide, Manager and Anyanwu were alleged to have cornered 31 contracts in total.
Meanwhile, the minister has attached the names of lawmaker-beneficiaries to the letter he sent to the House of Representatives.
Recall that Akpabio had said that National Assembly lawmakers were the biggest beneficiaries of the contracts awarded by the commission as part of his defence to misappropriated funds, during a public hearing on the NDDC by the House of Representatives.