By Anayo Ezugwu
AS controversies continue to trail alleged corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission, NCDC, Senator Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has listed faces behind the corruption cases in the commission. The minister listed senators and House of Representatives members as beneficiaries of the contracts in the region.
In his response to the 48-hour ultimatum by the House of Representatives, Akpabio said four senators received 74 contracts from the commission between 2017 to date. He also accused both former and serving members of the House of Representatives of collecting projects from the commission.
Those on the lists include:
Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, representing Delta-North senatorial district is one of the beneficiaries of contracts in the region. Nwaoboshi, is serving his second term as a senator and he is the chairman, Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs.
According to Akpabio, 53 projects were listed against the senator’s name. The projects include Emergency Repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; Emergency Repairs of ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Emergency Repairs of Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and Emergency Repairs of Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku in Delta State.
Others are Emergency Repairs of old Sapele – Agbor Road, Obiaruku; Emergency Repairs of Ehwerhe – Obada Road Agbarho Road; Emergency Repairs of Hon. Ifeanyi Eboigbe Street, Boji Boji, Owa/Goodwill Street, Owa Alero; and Emergency Repairs of Ahiama Okwu to Obuocha Okwu among others, all in Delta State.
Senator Mathew Urhoghide, representing Edo-South Senatorial District, is also a beneficiary. The senator, who was a member of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs in the eighth and ninth Senate, has six unidentified projects attached to his name.
Senator James Manager, representing Delta-South Senatorial district in the ninth Senate is a beneficiary. The senator, who was first elected into the Red Chambers in 2003, has six projects in the NDDC against his name.
Senator Samuel Anyanwu, a former senator representing Imo-East Senatorial district in the eighth Senate, was also a beneficiary. The senator was a member of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs and has 19 projects attached to his name.
Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, member representing Akoko North-East/Akoko northwest constituency, in the House of Representatives, is also in the list of beneficiaries. Tunji-Ojo, who is also the chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, has 19 contracts worth N9 billion inserted in the 2019 budget of the commission.
Nicholas Mutu, former House of Representatives member representing Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State, is among those linked by the minister with contracts. The minister listed 74 contracts against the name of the former chairman, House Committee on NDDC, including various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Rivers states. Mutu, was a member of the House in the 8th Assembly.
– Jul. 27, 2020 @ 13:48 GMT |