BREAKING; Kalu reples Akpabio on NDDC contracts allegations

Former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Monday said the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has not paid any penny to the contractors who built the roads he facilitated.

Kalu was reacting to the communique written by Senator Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta affairs, base on the several contracts allotted by the NDDC, where his name and several other senators and ex Governor were mentioned.

In a statement signed by Barrister Emeka Nwala of office of the Senate Chief Whip and made available to the media, Kalu said he believes the issues at hand in the NDDC has to do with missing funds and not works done by anyone. He also said he was not happy that his name is all over the media, and is used for cheap publicity stunt.

According to the Chief Whip, the road projects mentioned by the Minister are the ones he facilitated for the communities as a private citizen before he became a Senator.

Kalu revealed his name is mentioned because he used his letter headed paper to write a sympathetic letter to the NDDC in 2016 requesting and pleading with the body to rescue roads in Abia.

His words, ”I was Governor of Abia State between 1999-2007 and never held any public office until June 11, 2019 when I was sworn in as a Senator. Between 2016- 2018 during my tour to several communities; leaders and welfare unions of most communities pleaded for urgent intervention on some dilapidated roads . I wrote to the NDDC informing the body of the conditions of these roads and the need for their attention since Abia is an NDDC state.”

“The NDDC in their consideration which I am very grateful to, awarded the roads to companies that duly tendered for the projects and not myself. Whatever link I have with the projects is because it was considered due to my intervention.”

Clarifying further, he said: “the roads I requested for intervention as mentioned by the Honourable Minister were repairs of Ezere-Acha-Ndiokoukwu Road ;Amaubiri-Eluama-Uru Ring Road, Lokpaukwu, Umuchieze; Ndi Oji Abam-Atan Road; the Okafia-Ozuitem-Bende road and Ozu-Amuru-Abam Road.”

“The contractors have completed and delivered these roads long time ago except Abam-Atani road which I learnt from the contractors was slowed down due to rain but still ongoing.”

“Meanwhile, it would interest Nigerians to know that the contractors who built these roads have not been paid any dime. It has not been easy with the contractors but because it’s a community project they have only but kept hope alive on the New NDDC.”

He also said the NDDC forensic audit should focus on the missing funds and not works done, adding that they should also focus on paying contractors that delivered their jobs.

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