Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has listed the name of some members of the National Assembly who are reportedly linked to some contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Akpabio listed the names in a document, which, it was learnt, was copied to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
This comes after the former Akwa Ibom State governor had last Monday while appearing before the House Committee on the NDDC during an investigative hearing on the alleged illegal spending and mismanagement of funds, alleged that members of the National Assembly were awarded 60 per cent of contracts by the commission.
He, however, however, did not specify if the lawmakers were directly awarded the contracts or they nominated the projects under their constituency projects.
According to the document, Nicholas Mutu, a former chairman of House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, is said to have been linked to 74 projects across the Niger Delta. The minister linked Mutu, who represents Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State, to various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
Another lawmaker linked to NDDC contracts is Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs. Akpabio noted that the lawmaker, who represents Delta North Senatorial District, has some ties with 53 projects, which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku in Delta State.
Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South), six; James Manager (Delta-South), six; Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-West, 8th Senate), 19; and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo representatives.
The minister did not provide the cost of the projects listed against the lawmakers’ names. However, the cost of contracts given to non-lawmakers had costs of various projects attached to them.
Non-National Assembly members are also on the list of persons linked with NDDC contracts, which is totalled at 266.
The House had last Thursday resolved to sue Akpabio for alleged perjury and defamation of the parliament after he said most federal lawmakers were beneficiaries of NDDC contracts.