The minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has revealed the names of some senators who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to This Day newspaper, Akpabio revealed the names in a document attached to his response to the threat by the House of Representatives to sue him over the allegations that federal lawmakers were the major contractors of NDDC.
The minister said four senators have received contracts from the commission between 2017 to date.
According to the list released by Akpabio:
1. Senator Peter Nwaoboshi - allegedly executed 53 projects
2. Matthew Urhoghide - allegedly executed six projects
3. James Manager - allegedly executed six projects
4. Sam Anyanwu - allegedly executed 19 projects
Akpabio also alleged that the former chairman, House of Representatives committee on the NDDC, Nicholas Mutu is linked with 74 projects which included various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers states.
The minister further accused the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on NDDC, Tunji-Ojo, of padding the 2019 budget of the NDDC with 19 contracts worth N9 billion.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the Nigerian Senate's advise to sack the management of the NDDC
The Nigerian Senate had on Thursday, July 23, asked the president to as a matter of urgency sack the Kemebradikuom Pondei-led interim Management Committee of the NDDC over alleged financial recklessness.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly also called for a new board of the NDDC to be constituted and the interventionist agency returned under the supervision of the presidency.
In a statement to journalists same day and signed by its convener, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, the CSGGG commended the Senate for its resolution.
The group urged the president to adopt the resolution of the Senate in order not to give the impression that the All Progressives Congress-led federal government condones corruption.
In another report, Rab’iu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano state, said the rampant corrupt practices in the NDDC made him resign from the agency in 2010.
According to Premium Times, the former governor made the statement on Saturday, July 25, when speaking with the BBC Hausa service
Kwankwaso said he decided to resign from the board of the NDDC because he didn’t want to take part in the corruption being carried out in the agency.
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