Some members of the National Assembly have been named by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, as beneficiaries of some contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission.
According to The PUNCH, Akpabio, however, did not state if the lawmakers were directly awarded the contracts or they nominated the projects under their Zonal Intervention Projects, also known as constituency projects.
Among those linked by the minister with contracts, is the former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on the NDDC, Mr Nicholas Mutu, who represents the Bomadi/Patani Federal Constituency of Delta State.
Mutu’s name was listed by the minister, against 74 projects, including various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Rivers states.
, arraigned Mutu was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on February 3, 2020, before Justice Folashade Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court in Abuja for alleged abuse of office and fraud involving about N320m.
Another mentioned was Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta-North), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, with 53 projects, which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2; ldumuogbe Road via Ojemaye; Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo; and the Police lshu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele Uku.
Other lawmakers are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo-South), six; James Manager (Delta-South), six; Samuel Anyanwu (Imo-West, 8th Senate), 19; and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo Reps.