The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has mentioned former governors of Delta State, James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan as beneficiaries of contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
According to a report by NewsOne, others indicted on the list released by the minister and forward to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, since July 23 are the Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, and Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, among others.
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Akpabio’s letter, which was also copied to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, was addressed to the Clerk of the House, Mr Patrick Giwa, with Reference Number MNDA/HM/04/IV/158.
The letter titled ‘Some Niger Delta Development Commission Contracts Allegedly Given to Some Members of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives),’ reveals that some of the projects linked to them were awarded as recent as 2018 at varying costs, ranging from N400m and N560m each.
One of the projects linked to James Ibori in the letter was the emergency repairs of Onoghove community road from Ajanesan to Western Delta University at a cost of N485.7m.
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Ibori’s successor, Uduaghan was linked to the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate & Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt at a cost of N429m.
Five other projects were linked to Kalu, who was simply identified in the document as OUK-Kalu (the project source).
The emergency repairs on roads projects linked to Kalu are in Abia State and the costs ranged from N517m to N560m. The details are Emergency repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu Road (N517.9m) and repairs of Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru Ring Road, Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze (N560m).
Others linked to Senator Kalu are Ndi Oji Abam-Atan Road (N523.7m), Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende road (508m), and the Ozu-Amuru-Abam Road at the cost of N523.4m.
Meanwhile, the cost of 12 projects linked to Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, located in Imo and Rivers states, were not indicated in the documents.
The NDDC document, however, listed some of the projects to include, emergency repairs of Umuelemai-Aba branch road, Anara-Okwelle-Umuna Road, Okpara-Road junction-Ogili Community all in Imo State, Southeast Nigeria.