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Akpabio: Nunieh has no NYSC certificate

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, on Monday, disclosed that the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh, did not participate mandatory National Youth Service Corps.

Akpabio made this during while responding to questions from lawmakers at the House of Representatives Committee investigative hearing on financial mismanagement in the NDDC.

The Minister also disclosed that Nunieh had at several occasions shunned meetings.

“The former Managing Director of the NDDC was relieved of her appointment when I received a letter from the then Chief of Staff (may his soul rest in peace) that she did not possess the requisite qualifications to be there.

“She shunned meetings maybe because she earns more than the minister. Nunieh also does not possess NYSC exemption letter.

“We wrote twice to the National Youth Service Corps and they insisted that Nunieh never served and that she does not have an NYSC certificate or an exception.”

He explained that Nunieh sack was as a result of her insubordination.

Nunieh, on had said that she slapped Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, for sexually harassing her.

Speaking during an interview on Arise TV, Nunieh said that the incident happened at Akpabio’s guest house in Abuja.

She said, “Why did he not tell Nigerians that I slapped him in his guest house at Apo? I am the only woman that slapped Akpabio. He thought he could come up on me. He tried to harass me sexually.

“I slapped him. He tried to come on me. I am an Ogoni woman and nobody jokes with us. I showed Akpabio that Rivers women do not tolerate nonsense.”

When asked further by the programme host, Reuben Abati, whether she was accusing Akpabio of rape or sexual harassment, Nunieh said, “Harassment sounds better, not rape.

“Yes, I am accusing him of sexual harassment. Akpabio is most interested in my love life. Did he want to be my seventh husband? That’s why Akpabio told the world that I am temperamental. You know why Akpabio will tell the world that I am temperamental? Because of that incident I slapped him.”

The former NDDC MD also accused Akpabio of trying to inflate the NDDC budget.

She said the minister directed her to include some projects from the refugee commission in the budget of the NDDC.

“Akpabio wrote me to put a list of projects from the refugee commission in the budget of NDDC. Refugee commission is another Federal Government commission for IDPs,” she added

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