- A report has indicated that top federal government officials were listed as beneficiaries of contracts from the NDDC
- Some traditional rulers and judiciary officials were also reportedly named in a document as contract beneficiaries of the commission.
- This is in addition to the list released by Godswill Akpabio that included some NASS members as contractors of the commission.
A report has indicated that top federal government officials, two former governors, and some traditional rulers were listed as beneficiaries of contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to The Nation newspaper, a document recently released showed that police officers, officers from other security agencies and judiciary officials also got NDDC contracts worth billions of dollars over the years.
This latest disclosure is in addition to the list sent by the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio, to the House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, which also included names of some members of the House of Representatives as contract beneficiaries of the commission
The newspaper reported that the document contains project descriptions, local government areas, proposed contractors, contact details (including phone numbers), project sources and dates the contracts were awarded.
Meanwhile, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, the chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta, has dared Godswill Akpabio over the list of lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the NDDC.
According to Premium Times, the Delta lawmaker challenged Akpabio to send the list of contractors to the EFCC.
The minister had earlier released the names of federal lawmakers involved including Nwaoboshi who had 53 projects against his name.
However, Nwaoboshi in reaction to Akpabio's list said the allegation has no bearing on the truth.
The lawmaker also dared Akpabio to send the list to other security agencies as well if the minister can support the allegations.
In another report, as more details continue to come to the public domain on the rot in the NDDC, Senator James Manager, says he did not benefit from any contract.
Manager, who was once a chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, disclosed this while reacting to allegations from the executive director, Projects of the agency, Cairo Ojougboh.
Ojougboh had accused the senator of getting contracts from the commission, The Nations reports.
The senator also threatened legal action against Ojougboh for defamation.
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