Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio, has linked some National Assembly members to contracts awarded by Niger Delta Development Commission.
In a list copied to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Akpabio enlisted the former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Nicholas Mutu.
To clarify, Mutu represents the Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State. He reportedly received contract awards from the NDDC.
Recall that the EFCC arraigned Mutu in court in February this year for alleged abuse of office and N320m fraud.
So, Akpabio said he received 74 projects, including various emergency road projects in four Niger Delta states.
Akpabio also linked the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta-North), with 53 projects. The contracts included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; Idumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku.
Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South), six; James Manager (Delta-South), six; Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-West, 8th Senate), 19; and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.
The minister, however, did not provide the cost of the projects listed against the lawmakers’ names. Meanwhile the cost of contracts given to non-lawmakers had costs of various projects attached to them.
Akpabio did not state if the lawmakers got the Niger Delta contracts directly. He also did not state if they nominated the projects under their Zonal Intervention Projects, also known as constituency projects.
On Monday, July 20, Akpabio testified at the House of Representatives panel investigating allegations of financial recklessness at the Niger Delta Development Commission.
To clarify, he alleged that most of the contracts awarded in the Commission were to members of the National Assembly and this sparked condemnations from Nigerians.