The chairman of senate committee on Niger Delta, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi has accused the minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godswill Akpabio of being awarded a N300 million fence construction contract from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
It was gathered that while Akpabio was still the senator representing Akwa Ibom north-west in 2017, he requested for a N500 million contract from the NDDC.
Subsequently, Akpabio was reportedly awarded the contract of fencing Federal Polytechnic Ukana, Akwa Ibom (N200 million), and Federal Government College, Ikot Ekpene (N100 million).
We also gathered that Akpabio got N150 million for entrepreneurship training on the use of modern farming implements for youths and women of Akwa Ibom north-west senatorial district and N50 million for the renovation of a hostel at University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state.
In an interview with journalists, Senator Nwaoboshi said that the contracts have been fully paid for but there was nothing to show for it. He said,
“Findings show that while there was no physical evidence of implementation of these projects, checks show contracts were awarded and fully paid for. Such practices have turned the region to sites of abandoned projects.”