Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has accused the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) of not paying the contractors who built a road facilitated by him.
This was after the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, listed him among those who benefited from contracts awarded by the NDDC.
Kalu who replied through Barrister Emeka Nwala stated that the crisis rocking the NDDC has nothing to do with projects but missing funds.
He also revealed that the projects were facilitated by him when he was a private citizen and not a public office holder.
“Between 2016 and 2018, during my tour to several communities, leaders and welfare unions 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,” part of the statement read.
Kalu added that, “The contractors have completed and delivered these roads a long time ago, except Abam-Atani road which I learnt from the contractors was slowed down due to rain, but still ongoing.”