PDP opposes moves to amend NDDC Act

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has opposed the National Assembly’s move to amend the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Act to admit Bauchi, Ogun and Lagos as oil producing states.

Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday, the National Secretary of the party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu described the move as “political gang up.”

Recall that Senator Solomon Olamilekan had presented a Bill at the floor of the Chambers seeking to amend the NDDC Act 2000, to accommodate Bauchi, Ogun and Lagos states in the sharing of the 13% (percent) derivation funds meant for oil producing states.

Anyanwu described such Bill as not only wicked, selfish and politically motivated, but a deliberate ploy by a cabal to reduce the funds that accrue to Niger Delta states for the upkeep of their polluted environments.

He therefore called on the sponsor of the Bill to – instead of meddling in an existing Commission – draw the attention of his colleagues and President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to allow the immediate take-off of the South East Development Commission (SEDC) and South West Development Commission (SWDC) respectively to function like the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

According to him, the two Commissions if allowed to operate are capable of pruning the rate of unemployment menace, adding that such move will engage the teeming jobless youths within the regions to be self reliant.

He warned against any attempt to amend the Act, urging the Lawmakers not to allow personal gains to lure them into heightening the already tensed security with such selfish Bill.

The Nation Newspaper