NASS Gives Akpabio 48 Hours to Publish Names of Lawmakers Awarded Contracts By NDDC

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The Federal House of Representatives has given the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, 48 hours to publish the names of lawmakers who were awarded contracts by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) as well as the details of the contracts.

This followed the Senator’s disclosure on Tuesday, July 21, that most of the contracts awarded by the NDDC were given to members of the National Assembly.

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According to the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, the House will employ the full wrath of the law on Akpabio if he fails to prove his pronouncement by publishing the names of the said contract awardees.

The Senator had said severally before the House Committee on NDDC on Monday, July 20, that the lawmakers were “the greatest beneficiaries” of NDDC contracts, and that “we have records to show that most of the contracts in the NDDC are given out to members of the National Assembly”.

It would be recalled that the Senator and key officials of the NDDC were invited for questioning on spendings in the NDDC, by the House of Representatives on Monday.

The Acting Managing Director of the Commission, Daniel Pondei, had slumped while being grilled about spendings of the commission.

While issuing an ultimatum to Senator Akpabio about his claims, Mr Gbajabiamila, said the committee had the right to invite Pondei again should it feel the need to do so.