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Akpabio Makes U-turn, Denies Statement Accusing Lawmakers Of Taking 60% NDDC Contracts

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The Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio made a U-turn, denying the accusation on members of the National Assembly of allegedly benefiting 60 percent of contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

In a letter read on the floor of the House during Plenary by Speaker Femi Gabajabiamila on Thursday, Akpabio stated that he only made reference to 60 percent during his presentation on Monday before the NDDC committee in response to a question by a member of the committee.

He stated that a House member had asked to know whether a Medical Director can serve as an Executive Director Project, to which he responded by saying that since 50 to 60 percent of NDDC contracts were medical related, there was nothing wrong in a Medical Director serving in that capacity.

He also said that the Executive Director Project of the NDDC forwarded to him a list of 19 owed contracts which the Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC insisted must be paid before the 2020 budget of the commission is passed.

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