The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has linked contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to members of the National Assembly, saying that majority of the contracts awarded were handled by the lawmakers.
He made this known today, July 20 while answering questions at the ongoing probe by the House of Representatives committee.
Akpabio said: “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.”
The minister said that some Chairmen of committees on NDDC have slots in the budget, even as a member of the committee, Hon. Boma countered him.
Amidst heated argument that followed, the leader of the committee stopped Akpabio while shouting “Hon. Minister, it’s okay, it’s okay.”
The House of Representatives is currently investigating NDDC over alleged fraud, mismanagement of funds, among others.