Scandal: Akpabio Finally Releases List of Lawmakers Taking Contracts from NDDC

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio has finally released a list of lawmakers whose names were found on the contract list of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

While dropping the list however, Akpabio failed to mention if the projects carried out by the NDDC on behalf of the lawmakers were constituency projects or contracts given directly to the lawmakers by the commission.

Akpabio had accused the lawmakers of taking 60 percent of the contracts at the NDDC but later denied making the accusations after he was confronted by the House of Representatives.

In the latest list in which he copied the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Akpabio linked, Mr. Nicholas Mutu, a former chairman of the House of Reps. Committee on the NDDC to 74 projects in Akwa-Ibom, Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers States.

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Mutu representing Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency in Delta is currently on trial in a federal High Court, Abuja on charges of abuse of office and N320m fraud.

Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs was also linked to 53 projects within the NDDC including emergency road repairs all over the Niger Delta.

Other lawmakers implicated by Akpabio include; Senator Mathew Urhogide (Edo South) with six projects, James Manager (Delta South) six projects also, and Samuel Anyanwu (Imo West: 8th Assembly), with 19 projects.

The list which also included contractors who are not lawmakers did not reveal the cost of the projects awarded to the lawmakers. Ordinary contractors however had their cost of projects attached.

It was also observed that the lawmakers did not constitute up to ten percent of the 266 contractors listed by Akpabio.

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