The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has linked two former governors of Delta State, James Ibori and Emmanuel Uduaghan, to the various contracts awarded by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
In a letter submitted to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on July 23, the former Akwa Ibom State governor also listed the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, and Abia politician, Ifeanyi Ararume, among others in connection with the contracts awarded by the commission in the last few years.
The letter titled: “Some Niger Delta Development Commission Contracts Allegedly Given to Some Members of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives),” was copied to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, and addressed to the Clerk to the House, Mr. Patrick Giwa, with Reference Number MNDA/HM/04/IV/158.
The House had last month ordered the minister to submit the list of lawmakers awarded contracts by the commission.
The emergency repairs projects linked to the quartet, according to the document, were awarded in 2018 at a cost that ranged from N400million and N560million each.
One of the projects linked to Ibori was the emergency repairs of the Onoghove community road from Ajanesan to Western Delta University at the cost of N485.7million.
The documents revealed that Uduaghan was awarded the contract for the emergency repairs of Close B, Alhaji Estate and Environs, Rumuodomaya, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the cost of N429million.
Five projects were linked to Kalu, who was identified in the document as OUK-Kalu (the project source).
The projects linked to the ex-Abia State governor are in his home state and the costs ranged from N517million to N560million.
These were – Emergency repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu Road (N517.9million) and repairs of Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru Ring Road, Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze (N560million).
Others were – Ndi Oji Abam-Atan Road (N523.7million), Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende road (508million), and the Ozu-Amuru-Abam Road at the cost of N523.4million.
However, the cost of the 12 projects linked to Ararume in Imo and Rivers States were not indicated in the documents.