Akpabio Insists Lawmakers Received NDDC Contracts
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), has given lawmakers contracts in the past.
The claim by the Minister was contained in a letter sent to the Green Chambers, and read on the floor by the Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.
However, Mr Akpabio also corrected the notion that he had referred to members of the 9th assembly as beneficiaries of the NDDC contracts. On who were the beneficiaries of the NDDC contract in the National Assembly, the Minister insisted that the chairmen of the committees of both houses know those persons.
The minister further stated that in the 2019 budget there are 19 old contracts amounting to 9 billion naira which the House of Reps chairman on NDDC insisted that the IMC must pay.
Senator Akpabio, however, stressed that he will not make the documents public.
The letter from the Minister was handed to the committee on ethics and privileges for further examination.
The letter from the Minister is coming only few minutes after the House of Representatives resolved to institute a legal suit against the minister, following the expiration of the previously issued 48-hour ultimatum.
Recall that on Tuesday, the House issued an ultimatum to the minister to publish the names of lawmakers whom he claimed had received contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).