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Federal lawmakers, greatest beneficiaries of NDDC contracts, Akpabio alleges

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Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa -Ibom and
Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,
has accused members of the National Assembly of being the greatest beneficiaries of majority of the contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Akpabio is currently being grilled by the Lawmakers, on the alleged mismanagement and illegal spending by the commission.
When asked if the NDDC should be closed down, he said he’s not against it, but he said it shouldn’t be closed down because of the audit.
He however the lawmakers are the ones benefitting more from the commission.
When asked to explain what he meant, Akpabio said, ”Just look at your Chairman (Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo), I have records to show that most of the NDDC contracts are given out to National Assembly members. “The two chairmen of both committees can explain to you.”
He was however stopped from speaking further by the lawmakers.
Earlier, protesters had stormed the main entrance of the National Assembly, NASS, Abuja ahead of the commencement of the ongoing probe into the activities of the NDDC by the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.
The protesters were in two groups and armed with various placards.
While the group supporting the National Assembly probe is “Emerging Leaders Forum of Nigeria”, the group backing the NDDC and Akpabio against the probe is “Niger Delta Development Initiative (NDDI).” Security personnel were however able to separate the two groups avoid a possible clash.

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