NDDC Probe: Godwill Akpabio given 48-hours ultimatum to name law makers

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The House of Representatives has asked Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,  Senator Godwill Apkabio has been given a 48-hours ultimatum to publish, the name of house members who he alleged took contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The Minister had made the statement at the hearing organized by the house of representative to probe the commission’s office for fraud, Akpabio accused some members of the 9th National Assembly of getting sixty percent of contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Ruling on a matter of privileges brought by Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the Minister should publish the benefiting lawmakers, especially members of the 9th Assembly, the Tribune reports

He was reacting to a point of order brought under matters of breach of his privileges by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu.

Mr. Elumelu urged the house to invite Mr. Akpabio to mention those who got contracts from the NDDC.

Reacting to Mr. Elumelu’s point of order, the speaker said it was unfortunate that journalists help him in amplifying “what we all know is untrue.”

“I’ve never once collected contracts from the NDDC and I know I can speak for many other members,” Mr. Gbajabiamila said.

“I hereby call on the minister to within 24-48 hours to publish the names, contracts, date, and unveil the companies of the 60 percent projects that were given to the National Assembly.”

He warned that failure to list out the names would leave the house with no other option than to bring the full wrath of the law.

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