The Senate Committee on the Niger Delta Affairs, on Wednesday, released documents to justify its allegation that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, demanded to include a project worth the sum of #500m in NDDC 2017 budget.
The former lawmaker was accused by the chairman of the committee, Peter Nwaoboshi, of writing the Senate to include his constituency projects through the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Nwaoboshi further stated that he granted Akpabio’s request as Chairman of the Senate Committee during the 8th Senate.
Akpabio, however, denied the allegations in a press statement released on Tuesday.
The National Assembly is currently investigating the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC over alleged reckless spending of N40bn, between January and April this year.
The documents indicting Akpabio were released to journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday.
One of the documents indicated that in August 2017, Akpabio requested for projects worth N500m from the NDDC and suggested the fixed amount each of them would cost.
In the letter dated August 7, 2017, and addressed to the Chairman, Senate Committee on NDDC, Akpabio, as the then Minority Leader, requested that five projects worth N500m be included for him as part of the NDDC budget.
The projects include fencing the Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District (N200m); and fencing of the Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene (Old site) Akwa North-West Senatorial District. (N100m)
Another is entrepreneurship training on the use of modern farming implement for youths in Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District at the cost of N75m, among others.
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