The Executive Director. Projects of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Dr Cairo Ojougboh, has blamed Senator James Manager, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi and some top National Assembly members from the region for the failure of the interventionist agency.
Ojougboh while speaking at the palace of the Asagba of Asaba, Prof. Chike Edozien on Friday during a courtesy call on the monarch affirmed the earlier position of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who said he has the list of National Assembly members that have been awarded contracts by the commission.
The NDDC ED Projects did not only accuse NASS members of turning the commission to their farmlands in the past 20 years but also carried out the frauds that have deterred the commission from achieving its mandate of developing the Niger Delta.
The Ika South born politician further accused NASS members of pushing for a return of the NDDC, to the Office of the Secretary to Federal Government (SGF), so as to continue with their fraudulent practices in the handling of the commission’s contracts.
He said: “Look at our son, Nwaoboshi, his factory is the warehouse of NDDC, they will award the contract, they will now say they received the contract in his factory.
“We have the list of the contracts given to NASS members, all of them were collected through Mutu, Nwaoboshi, Manager and Ojo.
“What the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs said was very right, he did not recant, that is what people don’t understand.
“He said since we came, we have not awarded any contract. Therefore the Ninth Assembly is not involved; the involvement of the Ninth Assembly is through Ojo. “In the probe, NASS members are the contractors, they are the judge, they are the prosecutors and they are the jailers.
“That is the country we find ourselves. If this country must move to improve, we must look at NASS, and I will tell them where to go at NASS,” Ojougboh said to the Asaba monarch