The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has named some federal lawmakers who allegedly got contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In the list released by the minister noted that the Chairman of the Senate committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwabaoshi has his name listed against 53 projects.
Also the former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Nicholas Mutu, who represents the Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State, is among those linked by the minister with contracts.
The lawmaker with the highest projects to his name is the former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Nicholas Mutu, who was also named by the minister as receiving 74 contracts which includes various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Akpabio also linked the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta-North), with 53 projects, which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku.
Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South), six; James Manager (Delta-South), six; Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-West, 8th Senate), 19; and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.
The minister, however, did not provide the cost of the projects listed against the lawmakers’ names, while the cost of contracts given to non-lawmakers had costs of various projects attached to them.
Although the contacts listed against the names of the lawmakers were not up to 60% of the 266 on the list provided as earlier alleged by the Minister.
Some non-members of the National Assembly were also contained in the list with various projects assigned to them.
The minister’s disclosure follows the threats issued by the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila to sue the minister for alleged perjury and defamation of the parliament.
Akpabio had on Monday, while appearing before the House Committee on the NDDC during an investigative hearing on the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement of funds, alleged that members of the National Assembly were awarded 60 per cent of contracts by the commission.