- The minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has alleged members of NASS of complicity in NDDC mess
- Akpabio said most contracts from the NDDC were awarded to members of the National Assembly
- The former governor of Akwa Ibom was grilled by the members of House of Representatives on Friday, July 17
Godswill Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta Affairs has said that most contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) were awarded to National Assembly members.
Channels TV reports that the minister made the comment as he was being grilled by members of the House of Representatives committee on NDDC in a public hearing.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister had been invited by the lawmakers on Friday, July 17, to defend his actions as the minister of Niger Delta Affairs and shed more light on financial misappropriation within the NDDC.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) threatened to expose more corrupt practices at the NDDC.
It was reported that the students' apex body in Nigeria also called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to stand on his ground and ensure the forensic audit of the commission was not sabotaged by powerful elements in the country.
In a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, July 18, Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, president of NANS, confirmed the resolve of Nigerian students to embark on mass action, should anyone or group of persons attempt to disrupt the forensic audit.
He said the outcome of the forensic audit would bring an end to the days of perpetual corruption in the commission and thereafter making the funds serve the people of the region.
Akpan also lambasted the former managing director of the NDDC, Joi Nunieh, describing her actions as conniving with enemies of Niger Delta.
He said the student body was alarmed at the latest twist and outburst from Ms Nunieh, wondering why “all these allegations and drama she is acting were not staged when she was in office as the acting MD of the commission.”
Akpan described as false, the allegation of diversion of the scholarship fund, stressing that it was the current management of NDDC that harkened to the cry of Nigerian students who study abroad and were stranded for years.