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Senate Initiates Procedure to Designate Anambra as an NDDC Oil-Producing State


Senate Initiates Procedure to Designate Anambra as an NDDC Oil-Producing State

The Senate has initiated the process of designating Anambra as an oil-producing state under the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Sponsored by Senator Tony Nwoye from Anambra North, the proposed amendment aims to modify Section 2(1)(b) of the NDDC Establishment Act to officially include Anambra among the states recognized for oil production.

Two years ago, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) approved Anambra’s inclusion in the list of oil-producing states, attributing 11 oil wells to the state. This approval entitled Anambra to benefit from the 13% derivation fund, a statutory entitlement for mineral-producing states in Nigeria. Despite this, the NDDC has not yet conferred the official status of an oil-producing state on Anambra.

During the recent Senate plenary presided over by Senate President Godswill Akpabio, Senator Nwoye’s bill passed its first reading after being introduced by Senate Leader Opeyemi Bamidele. The bill proposes amendments to Section 2(1)(b) and Section 4 of the NDDC Establishment Act, specifically inserting Anambra as a recognized oil-producing state.

The proposed changes also include the amendment of Section 30 of the Commission’s Principal Act to include “Anambra” immediately after “Akwa-Ibom.” Currently, the NDDC Act recognizes nine states as oil-producing, and this amendment seeks to acknowledge Anambra’s contribution to the nation’s oil production, a development reported alongside other regions such as Bauchi, Gombe, Nasarawa, Kogi, and Lagos.


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