Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urges the senate president, Dr. Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to refer to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) the allegations by minister of Niger Delta affairs Godswill Akpabio, that most of the contracts in the NDDC are given to members of the National Assembly
The group in a post on social media said they will fight for justice and accountability in this matter. “We urge the senate president, Dr. Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to refer to the EFCC and ICPC the allegations by Godswill Akpabio, Niger Delta affairs minister that most of the contracts in the NDDC are given to members of the National Assembly. We’ll fight for justice and accountability in this matter,” SERAP said.
Akpabio on Monday July 20th alleged that the National Assembly were the ones that have enjoyed over 60% of NDDC contracts.
The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday July 21st said such allegation obviously aimed at derailing the genuine proceedings of the investigation.
The Speaker added that it is the oldest diversion trick in the book.
Gbajabiamila said he knows a great majority of members of the 9th House of Representatives have not enjoyed what the minister is claiming and gave the minister 48 hours to publish the details (names, companies, dates, amounts of contracts of the 60% projects that were given to members of the 9th National Assembly, failing which the House of Representatives will bring to bare the full wrath of the provided Laws.
“The Minister owes this duty to himself, the committee, the people of Niger Delta and to Nigerians to publish these details.
“It was also found out that the minister lied under oath during the investigation when asked if he ever put projects in the budget while he was a Senator,” Gbajabiamila said