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Akpabio calls NDDC ATM machine, dares National Assembly

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Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has described the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, as an Automatic Teller Machine, ATM, where politicians make withdrawals to finance elections.

According to the minister who stated this when he received members of the Independent Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN in his office, the NDDC has been filled with corrupt politicians for over 19 years before he was appointed as minister.

 He queried that the National Assembly should have instituted investigation into the commission’s operations in its 19 years of existence, rather than inquiring into its financial activities between February and July this year.

 While mentioning that the NDDC has received over N5trillion in the last 19 years with no physical project on ground to justify the huge funds, Akpabio assured Niger Deltans that the outcome of the ongoing forensic audit would expose the magnitude of rot in the commission

 “As a Governor I knew that there is something wrong with the NDDC but I didn’t really know what it was till I was appointed minister that was when I discovered that the NDDC was like a sex pool for corruption, it is like an ATM for people to come and collect money to contest next election.

“All they are talking about now is corruption in five months not corruption in 19years, so those period were periods of bliss and successes for the NDDC.

“I am sure that is why you have roads to pass in the region, that is why you have bridges everywhere in Niger Delta, that is why you have dualised roads and flyovers everywhere, that is why you have NDDC hospitals everywhere in the region to the extent that you don’t even need to travel out of the region to look for medical care, that is why the region is very rich with light everywhere, that is why we don’t have single problem in Ogoni land because everywhere has been cleaned up,” he added.

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