The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has linked contacts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, to members of the National Assembly, saying that, majority of the contracts awarded are handled by the Federal Lawmakers.
He made the disclosure while answering questions at the ongoing probe by the House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC.
According to Akpabio: “Most of the contracts in NDDC are given out to the members of the National Assembly. If you do not know, please ask the two Chairmen.”
Akpabio further explained that some Chairmen of Committees on NDDC, have slots in the budget.
However, a member of the Committee, Hon. Boma, countered him, leading to a heated argument.
At this point, the Leader of the Committee stopped Akpabio, while shouting, “Hon. Minister, it is okay, it is okay”.
The House of Representatives is currently investigating the NDDC, over alleged fraud, mismanagement of funds, among others.