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Niger Delta Affairs: Akpabio clears air on missing N40b

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has cleared the air on reports of missing N40bn.

Nunieh launched a fresh accusation against Niger Delta affairs minister Godswill Akapbio on Monday.

Among other charges against the Minister, Nunieh claimed that during her tenure as managing director, Akpabio had tried to inflate the NDDC budget.

Nunieh revealed that she had been requested by Akpabio to include some refugee commission projects in the NDDC budget.

The former NDDC boss alleged that under Akpabio’s watch, N40 billion of NDDC funds have been squandered.

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, owing to the Treasury Single Account, the NDDC now only has one account domiciled with Nigeria’s Central Bank.

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“So, no money can be taken out just like that. We’re very determined to reposition the NDDC. The root of the problem has been years of corruption, endemic corruption.

“Mr. President is determined to leave a legacy that he came and cleared corruption at the NDDC. For me, I believe we will achieve that objective

“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.

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“The forensic audit was approved by the Federal Executive Council and they have begun work since. The investigation is not a witch-hunt.

“As a former Akwa Ibom State Governor and as the Eighth Senate Senate minority leader I did not like what was going on there.

“We were doing stuff in people’s pockets that would drive stuff there. This is not of concern to me. Now, I’ll like to see the East-West Road completed; at least two sections have been finished.

TrueTalk Nigeria

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