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NDDC probe: Reps fire back at Akpabio, say letter to speaker diversionary

The House of Representatives has rejected the letter written to the speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, in which he articulated his position on the contracts reportedly awarded to members of the National Assembly.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the chairman, House Committee on Media and Publicity, Mr Ben Kalu, the House described Akpabio’s letter to the speaker as personal and an attempt to divert attention from the main issue.

Consequently, it cautioned Akpabio to desist from spinning tales and directed him to go public as instructed and publish the names of the lawmakers as alleged.

It added that the only mention of the chairman of the House Committee on NDDC, Mr Tunji Ojo, in that letter was as to his alleged request for the complete payment of 19 contractors who had approached him with complaints over NDDC’s non-payment for their services.

The House urged Nigerians to ignore the deflections of the minister and continue to ask the right questions as to what happened to the money of the region which has led to a gross disservice to Niger Deltans.

Ibrahim Shehu

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