NDDC : Senate Rejects Move to include Anambra State

Senators Nwoye, Echocho Biker Over Kogi State Status

The Nigerian Senate has rejected move to include Anambra State in the membership of Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC).

This was as the move and rejection led to bickering between Senators Tony Nwoye and Jibrin Isah

Senator Nwoye had in his lead debate on the bill seeking for amendment of the NDDC Act for inclusion of Anambra State , being an oil producing State , argued that Anambra deserved membership of NDDC since it has been collecting 13% derivation since 2021 on account of appreciable volume of oil production on yearly basis.

But most of the Senators who made contributions on the bill, Nwoye spiritedly sought second reading for; kicked against his argument on the grounds that States like Kogi and Lagos States are not covered by NDDC operations despite being oil producing states.

Specifically, Senator Isah said NDDC by its name, is more of regional or geographical intervention body and not just for oil producing states.

Correspondent Ayodele reports that In a tension dousing move , the President of the State, Godswill Akpabio, said if the argument of Senator Nwoye on proposed membership of Anambra State in NDDC, is to be accepted by the Senate, then Lagos State, which has two oil wells in Badagry, will also clamour for membership of the commission .

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is a federal government agency established by Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo in the year 2000 with the sole mandate of developing the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *