- The last has not been heard in the battle of wits between the House of Reps and Senator Godswill Akpabio
- The House of Reps has said it is still considering filing a defamation suit against the minister of Niger Delta affairs
- The Reps says Akpabio failed to substantiate the allegation that National Assembly members got 60% NDDC contracts
The House of Representatives has said it is still considering filing a defamation suit against the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
The stance of the green chambers was contained in a statement sent to journalists by the spokesperson of the house, Honourable Benjamin Kalu on Tuesday, July 28.
Kalu said the minister failed to substantiate the allegation that National Assembly members got 60 per cent of the contracts at the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The house spokesman further accused Akpabio of sending a private letter to the speaker instead of publishing the names of those he accused of being beneficiaries of NDDC contracts.
Part of the statement read: “Instead of publishing the list for the world to see in the interest of transparency, the minister in his usual diversionary tactics, chose to send an irrelevant 8-paragraph private letter to the Speaker regarding projects of 2018 which pre-date the 9th House of Representatives and had little to do with the bogus claims he made.
“The house, therefore, reiterates that the minister was given an ultimatum to publish names and not to write a personal letter to the speaker.”
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance 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 Professor Kemebradikuom Pondei-led interim Management Committee of the NDDC over alleged financial recklessness.
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.
Similarly, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has threatened to expose more corrupt practices at the NDDC.
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.
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