- Niger Delta Affairs minister, Akpabio, has faulted the National Assembly probe of the NDDC - The minister said the probe should have covered he over 19 years existence of the commission rather than focusing only on five months - Akpabio described the NDDC as an ATM where people make withdrawals to contest elections
The minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has faulted the ongoing probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission by the National Assembly. Akpabio said the National Assembly ought to have expanded the scope of the probe to cover the over 19 years existence of the commission rather than focusing only on five months, The Guardian reports.
Akpabio says NDDC is an ATM where people withdraw money to contest elections. Photo source: The Guardian Source: Depositphotos Affirming that the commission is deeply enmeshed in corrupt practices, he described the NCDC as an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) where people make withdrawals to contest elections. “As a governor I knew that there is something wrong with the NDDC but I didn’t really know what it was till I was appointed minister that was when I discovered that the NDDC was like a cesspool for corruption, it is like an ATM for people to come and collect money to contest next election,” Akpabio was quoted to have said. According to Akpabio, the NDDC has received over N5 trillion in the last 19 years, with no physical project on ground to justify the huge funds. He, however, gave the assurance that the outcome of the ongoing forensic audit would expose the magnitude of rot in the commission.
The minister made the comment as he was being grilled by members of the House of Representatives committee on NDDC in a public hearing. Legit.ng gathered that the minister had been invited by the lawmakers on Friday, July 17, to defend his actions as the minister of Niger Delta Affairs and shed more light on financial misappropriation within the NDDC
Also, following a challenge by the House of Reps, the minister has revealed the names of some senators who allegedly got contracts from the NDDC. Akpabio revealed the names in a document attached to his response to the threat by the House of Representatives to sue him over the allegations that federal lawmakers were the major contractors of NDDC. In another report, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to expose more corrupt practices at the NDDC.