Gbajabiamila gives Akpabio 48 hours to name lawmakers who received NDDC contracts

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio
Emeh Joy

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has given the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio 48 hours to mention the lawmakers who received contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission.

Akpabio made a statement before the house on Monday saying that 60 per cent of the contracts awarded by the NDDC went to lawmakers.

His claim had generated controversial talks amongst Nigerians and have also questioned the integrity of the committee set up to investigate the alleged N81 billion fraud perpetrated by the NDDC.

The Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

However, Gbajabiamila, who has been a federal lawmaker since 2003 addressed the House on Tuesday and said he had never received any NDDC contract before.

He then gave Akpabio 24 to 48 hours to name the lawmakers who had received the contracts; otherwise, he would face severe sanction.

The Speaker said, "This is my 5th term here, and I have never for once collected anything from the National Assembly, and I know I speak for a great majority of members of this House, a great majority.

"And because of that, I will take this allegation and accusation very seriously. And I will give the minister (Akpabio) 24 to 48 hours. Clerk, I want you to back this up with a letter from this House.

"Give the minister 24 to 48 hours to publish the names, the contracts so given, the dates because obviously these things will be documented; unveil the companies of the 60 per cent projects that were given to members of the National Assembly".

The ultimatum given by the Speaker was applauded by a large section of the National Assembly.

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