'Legislators are the beneficiaries of most contracts' Minister Reveals
The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has dropped a bomb shell when being questioned by the House of Representatives Committee on Niger Delta on how N40 billion was spent by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) that the lawmakers are the beneficiaries of most of the contracts awarded.
Akpabio who was invited with the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, who fainted during the proceedings and had to be revived and taken to the hospital, questioned in a rowdy session that who are the greatest beneficiaries of the contracts if not the national assembly members?
The former governor also said that he have the records to show that most of the contracts of NDDC are given to members of the National Assembly.
Despite being asked to stop talking and directed to off his mic, Akpabio never ceased to shut his mouth as he further revealed that the two chairmen heading the committee can explain better about the point he is making.
He however denied getting a contract when he was a member of the senate.
When asked if he had been usurping the powers of past managing directors and to what extent he had influenced or exercised such powers in the agency, Akpabio responded that If he had find out that the MD of NDDC is not acting in the interest of the Niger Delta people, he would have intervened.
He added that he had only for once intervened when he heard about the payment for Lassa fever and found out that they had paid N2.9 billion and they were about to pay another N572 million. I
He said he instructed that nothing should be done because there was no budget at that time and concluded that the contractor wrote N572 million to him for approval.