- Godswill Akpabio has made a major move to avoid been sued by the House of Representatives
- The minister of Niger Delta Affairs denied saying that 60% contracts of the NDDC went to lawmakers
- Akpabio on Thursday, July 23, told lawmakers that he never made any such allegation
The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has denied saying that most Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) contracts were awarded to lawmakers.
Akpabio had been accused of alleging that 60% of the contracts in the commission was awarded to lawmakers, The Nation reports.
However, in his submission on Thursday, July 23, before the House of Representatives, the minister stated that he only mentioned the percentage in response to a question directed at him by a member of the committee.
Akpabio maintained that the NDDC has not executed any project under the 2020 budget since, according to him, it had not been passed, while the 2019 budget was passed in April and is yet to be implemented.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a legal suit would be instituted against Akpabio on the order of the leadership of the House of Representatives.
This came after Akpabio failed to provide a comprehensive list of lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the NDDC within two days.
The speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, July 23, ordered the clerk to go ahead with instituting the suit against the minister.
Also, Akpabio had said Joy Nunieh who formerly served as the managing director of the interim management committee (IMC) at the NDDC was sacked from her appointment for insubordination to constituted authority.
He said her sack had nothing to do with corruption.
The minister also stated the former managing director was removed after it was dissevered that she lacked the qualifications to work as acting MD of the commission.
Akpabio said Nunieh could not produce the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificate.
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