Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has seriously blamed the past managements of the Niger Delta Development Commission for their inability to utilize about N5tn accrued to the commission in the last 20 years.
The Niger Delta Affairs Minister who is also the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State stated that if the available funds at that time had been put to use by the commission over the years, it would have been able to alleviate the suffering of Niger Deltans
Akpabio reportedly made this statement when a delegation of the Petrol Station Owners Association, Rivers State chapter, visited him in Abuja.
The statement by the Minister on Friday was made available to the public through the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Niger Delta, Deworitshe Patricia, Akpabio, in which he also complained about an alleged campaign of calumny against him following the revelations of corruption in the NDDC.
According to him, “I could not understand why Nigerians have suddenly lost their voices and have refused to ask questions concerning the activities of NDDC since 2001 despite the orchestrated campaign of calumny against the minister, the ministry and Mr President.
“Why is it only now that the noise is loudest and the parliament finds it comfortable to embark on selective probing, focusing on the last five months instead of taking a holistic view of its 20 years of existence in which N5tn would have been expended in the region without any tangible thing to show.”
Akpabio further assured the Petrol Station Owners Association that the government would do everything to ensure that the East-West Road was completed and inaugurated in December 2021, as he would soon visit the site to have first-hand information of what should be done about the revaluation of compensation demanded by the group.