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House of Reps Issue Ultimatum To Akpabio Over NDDC Contracts

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday asked Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, to mention members of the National Assembly who got 60% of contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Naija News recalls that Senator Akpabio, a former Akwa Ibom State Governor, had said 60% of NDDC contracts goes to lawmakers.

The minister made this known on Monday during the House of Representatives public hearing on alleged mismanagement in the NDDC.

“Most of the contracts in NDDC are given out to the members of the National Assembly. If you don’t know, please ask the two chairmen,” he said.

The minister further explained that some Chairmen of committees on NDDC have slots in the budget.

Akpabio was, however, stopped from making further comments by some members, who were shouting “order, order.”

Ruling on a matter of privileges brought by Minority leader during plenary on Tuesday, Reps Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila asked Akpabio to publish the lawmakers’ name.

He also said the minister must publish the names of their companies and the contracts they got or face the wrath of the House.

Although he said his initial reaction was to have a good laugh when the Minister made the allegations, he realised it infringes on the integrity of the House.

Gbajabiamila said the Minister owes it a duty to himself, the House Committee on Niger Delta, the people of Niger Delta and Nigerians to publish the names of lawmakers who got contracts from the NDDC.

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