Akpabio releases names of lawmakers involved in NDDC contracts

The Minister of Nigeria Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio
Tochi Juliet

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has named some members of National Assembly that he said are partakers of the NDDC contracts.

Godswill Akpabio submitted the names to the National Assembly committees probing the activities of the commission last Thursday.

The list was part of a letter the Minister sent to the National Assembly and also copied the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

However, lawmakers failed to read that part of the letter.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria presented the document to the media in Abuja on Sunday.

In Akpabio’s letter, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi was involved in 53 projects, while Senator Nicholas Mutu’s name appeared on 74 projects.

Also named in the list are Senator Mathew Urhoghide (six), James Manager (six), Sam Anyanwu (19) and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.

Akpabio addressed the letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who had threatened to drag him before the court if he fails to name the lawmakers that had benefited from NDDC contracts.

Gbajabiamaila gave Akpabio a 48-hour ultimatum last week to provide the names of the lawmakers who received the contracts after Akpabio on Monday made a statement before the House saying that 60% of the contracts awarded by NDDC went to lawmakers.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria which presented the document to the media in Abuja yesterday expressed disappointment that Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, allegedly refused to disclose the names of federal lawmakers.

President of the youth council, Solomon Adodo, said: “Mr Speaker did not do us justice when he did not disclose to the National Assembly that the list of the beneficiaries he demanded had been attached to the letter sent to him.”

According to the council, Gbajabiamila’s decision to cover up his colleagues is unfair to the fight against corruption, quest for transparency, and to the commonwealth of our nation.

“We call on all the anti-graft agencies and security agencies to, in line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari, immediately investigate the matter.”

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