- Many Nigerians do not trust lawmakers to investigate the practices of the NDDC thoroughly
- Recent polls show that a good number of people share the same views on the issue
- The allegations made by Godswill Akpabio has suggested the lawmakers will not do a thorough investigation
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Two polls recently conducted by Legit.ng have indicated that majority of Nigerians do not trust members of the National Assembly to do a thorough investigation of the practices at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Godswill Akpabio, the minister of Niger Delta, during his appearance before the House of Representatives committee probing the NDDC, had alleged that 60% of contracts were awarded to the lawmakers from the lower chamber.
The minister had been invited by the lawmakers to defend his actions as the minister of Niger Delta Affairs and shed more light on financial misappropriation within the NDDC.
However, the House of Reps Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila in reaction to Akpabio's allegation challenged the minister to publish the names of the lawmakers who are involved in the NDDC contracts.
The speaker said the integrity of the House has been brought into disrepute with the allegation, hence asking the minister to mention the names of federal lawmakers fingered in shoddy NDDC contracts.
The allegations made by the minister has made many not to trust that the lawmakers can investigate the practices of the NDDC.
However, two polls have shown that the majority of Nigerians hold the same views on the issue. In a poll conducted by Legit.ng on Facebook, most people do not trust lawmakers in the House Committee to do a thorough investigation.
83% of over 1,000 people who participated in the poll believe that the lawmakers will not do a thorough job while 17% are of the opinion the committee would do good investigation.
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The poll showed a similar result on Twitter where 76% of the 391 people who voted were of the opinion that the probe will be done thoroughly. 13% thought otherwise while 10% showed indifference.
Meanwhile, the acting managing director of the NDDC, Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, slumped while he was grilled by lawmakers on Monday, July 20.
Pondei was cross-questioned by members of the House Committee on the NDDC over allegations of financial corruption to the tune of N40 billion. He was also questioned over N536 million paid to a group associate in the Niger Delta region.
The commission's acting MD was quickly rushed to the hospital while the hearing went on a recess.
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