The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has alleged that the National Assembly used 23 companies to secure contracts from it as a bribe.
The NDDC alleged the lawmakers demanded the contracts before harmonizing the 2019 budget of the commission.
The documents seen by Naija News shows the name of the contractor (company), the project, the amount paid, and the date paid for each of the projects.
As earlier reported by this online medium, the NDDC had vowed to release more details of how some members of the National Assembly demanded contracts from it, including collecting 250 contracts in one day through some proxies.
The NDDC in a statement signed by Edgar Ebigoni, special adviser on media to the commission’s chairman, Prof. Kemebradikumo Daniel Pondei further alleged that the contracts, totalling N9tr were awarded and paid between March 17 and 26, 2020.
The contracts include rehabilitation of roads as well as repair works on failed roads in NDDC communities as seen in the document.
However, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Chairman of the House Committee on NDDC has denied the claims by the NDCC, accusing the commission of not been transparent in its spendings.
He also debunked claims that the National Assembly asked for and collected contracts before approving the commission’s budget.
He said, “All these things are just falsehood. The commission said they are old jobs and said the National Assembly asked them to pay for the old jobs.
“We did not get the job and we are only doing our jobs.
“As the legislature, we are supposed to be the one checking the excesses of the executive but they are trying to blackmail us.
“With what they are trying to do now, they are trying to blackmail us so they will have a free hand to do what they want to do.”