NDDC: Akpabio clears air on missing N40b: The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has cleared the air on the allegations of missing N40billion.
NDDC: Godswill Akpabio clears air on missing N40b
Nunieh on Monday raised a fresh allegation against Godswill Akapbio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
Among other allegations against the Minister, Nunieh alleged that Akpabio was attempting to inflate the budget of the NDDC during her tenure as Managing Director.
Nunieh confirmed that Akpabio had directed her to include several projects from the Refugee Commission in the NDDC budget.
The former NDDC boss alleged that N40 billion of NDDC funds was squandered under Akpabio’s watch.
But addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister said, “Money may have been missing in those days when they had over 300 bank accounts, but now, because of the Treasury Single Account, the NDDC now has just one account with the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“So, no money can be taken away just like that. We are very ready to reposition the NDDC. The root of the problem was years of corruption, endemic corruption.
“Mr. The President is eager to leave his legacy and remove the corruption of the NDDC. For me, I believe we’re going to achieve that goal”
“For 19 years, you can’t point at one project of the NDDC in the region, but you could point at cars and limousines of those who managed the place.”
“The Federal Executive Council has approved the forensic audit and they have since started work. The forensic audit is not a witch-hunt.
“As former governor of Akwa Ibom State, even when I was a minority Senate leader in the Eighth Senate, I didn’t like what was going on there”.
“They were doing things that would put things in people’s pockets. I’m not interested in that. Now, I’ll like to see completion of the East-West Road; at least, two sections have been completed”.
“I’ll like to see an end to amnesty, see a place where there would be jobs for our people. I’ll like to see Niger Delta rice sold in Lagos, and also see an NDDC specialist hospital where major health problems can be solved.”
Akpabio said he is hoping to do things right so that the children of the Niger Delta will be able to work (get employment)in the region.