Niger Delta Development Commission says it did not award N500million contracts to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio.
This is coming on the heels of an allegation by Sen. Peter Nwaoboshi that the said contract was awarded to Akpabio but was not executed.
NDDC spokesman, Charles Odili, in a statement on Monday, described the allegation as misleading.
Odili stated that from the commission’s findings, it was Nwaoboshi that had questions to answer.
He said, “The Commission wishes to state that it has searched through its records and there is no evidence of any contract awarded to Senator Akpabio or any company associated with him by the NDDC.
“From our findings, the person who has questions to answer to the Niger Delta People is Senator Nwaoboshi. Our records show that Senator Nwaoboshi used 11 front companies (owned or traceable to him) to secure a contract of N3.6 billion in September 2016, in what is perhaps the biggest single case of looting of the Commission’s resources.”
Odili stated that inventory records had shown that many items were supplied and received on Senator Nwaoboshi’s business premises and warehouse, claiming that the contracts were awarded to him.
The NDDC spokesman also alleged that some of the items supplied to Nwaoboshi’s warehouse through his cronies were later resold to the Delta State Government, while the others were sold to other states through contracts awarded to him.