The House of Representatives on Monday gave the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, 48 hours to publish the names of lawmakers with contracts in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabimila, gave the ultimatum at plenary in Abuja.
He said the minister should publish the names of the companies, the amounts the contracts were awarded, the location of the projects, and every other detail of payments.
Gbajabimila warned that failure by the minister to publish the details of contracts awarded to lawmakers would attract the full weight of the law.
The ruling followed a point of order raised by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, on the floor of the lower legislative chambers.
Akpabio had said during the hearing of the House of Representatives committee probing the alleged misappropriation of N40 billion in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) that 60 percent of contracts in the commission was awarded to lawmakers.
Gbajabimila said the minister was just playing one of the oldest games in the book by throwing a baseless accusation to cause distractions.
“This is my fifth time in the House and I have never benefited from any contract and it’s the same for many of us here,” the speaker said.