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House: Lawmaker Accuses Ex-minister Of Cornering N110m Constituency Fund

Source: thewillnigeria.com

BEVERLY HILLS, March 02, (THEWILL) - A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Albert Akintoye, has alleged that the former Minister of Niger Delta Ministry, Chief Godsday Orubebe, surreptitiously cornered N110 million allocated for the constituency project for the Okitipupa\Irele federal constituency of Ondo State.

Akintoye who represents the constituency made the allegation when officials of the ministry were led by the supervising minister, Mr.

Darius Isiaka, to the House of Representatives for budget defence.

The lawmaker, who doubles as the deputy chairman of the Niger Delta Committee, in making accusation, lamented that all the constituency projects in the 2013 budget were executed except that of the Okitipupa\Irele federal constituency.

Akintoye, who is facing a tough time from his constituents who accused him of embezzling the money, said "The funds was released for the constituency projects in the 2013 budget, but my constituency money was not released when all were released and all efforts since then to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the money proved abortive.

" According to Akintoye, "I am the only PDP member from Ondo State in the House and as deputy chairman of the committee, I'm not expected to be treated like this.

The money is N110 million and has been in the ministry for the 2013 budget and 99 percent of the money was released to the listed constituency to benefit from the funds.

' Alleging that the former minister has embezzled the money , he appealed to the ministry to go ahead and complete his constituency projects this year so that his people could feel the sense of belonging and enjoy the Niger Delta funds since they also belong to Niger Delta.

The chairman of the Niger Delta committee, Hon.
Warman Ogoriba, however appealed to Akintoye to sheathe his sword while he finds the means of resolving the issue amicably by ensuring that the project is included in the 2014 budget.

SAINT MUGAGA, ABUJA.