Former governor of Akwa Ibom state and current Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, on Friday denied requesting and executing the Niger Delta Development Commission’s projects worth N500m.
Akpabio described as false, allegations that the commission’s Interim Management Committee mismanaged N40bn between October 2019 and May 2020.
He made the denial before the Senate ad hoc committee probing the alleged misappropriated N40bn by the intervention agency.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, had at a news conference recently accused Akpabio of securing the projects without executing them.
But Akpabio said the forensic audit he initiated at the NDDC was the cause of the attacks against him, saying he was not aware of the so called various expenditures in the NDDC because most of their expenses were below the threshold of what a minister was required to approve.
“I have only signed a single contract between October and now and it passed through due process. I am not aware of the contracts and expenses by the NDDC because they were done under their threshold,” he said and condemned contracts splitting in the NDDC, describing it as a way of inflating contracts sums.
He also said the budgeting process in the agency should be improved by ensuring that details of the proposed expenditure were supplied for the lawmakers’ scrutiny.