Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, has refuted his earlier statement that some Lawmakers received 60% of Contract awarded by the the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The refutal letter come some hours after the fter the speaker said the lower legislative chamber would sue the minister for defamation — after he failed to name the lawmakers who got the contracts.
While appearing before the panel probing the NDDC on Monday, Akpabio said most of the contracts awarded by the commission went to federal lawmakers.
In his letter, the former Akwa Ibom governor still accused Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the committee on NDDC, and Peter Nwaoboshi, his counterpart in the senate, of misconduct.
“I hereby respond as follows, the investigating committee refused or neglected to give me the opportunity to explain the reference to ‘most NDDC contracts awarded since 2001 from the records allegedly to members of the national assembly was done without the knowledge of the alleged beneficiaries’. However, the two chairmen of the committees in both chambers have adequate knowledge,” Akpabio said.
“I never referred to members of the ninth national assembly as beneficiaries of NDDC contracts as NDDC is yet to fully implement any NDDC budget since the commencement of the ninth national assembly. In fact, the 2019 budget passed in February and harmonised on 5th of March 2020 was received by the commission in the middle of April 2020 when the same was designated to expire on 31st May 2020.
“However, it is pertinent to point out that the clerk forwarded a letter dated 20th of March without attaching the budget details, this anomaly was brought to the attention of the senate investigating purported financial recklessness by the management of the commission in July 2020.