Senate finally amends NDDC Act

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Seventeen years into its existence, the Senate, yesterday, finally reviewed and amended the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Establishment Act of 2000 for effective service delivery, Vanguard reports.

The Bill for an Act to amend the Niger Delta Development Commission( Establishment, etc) Act 2000, and other matters connected therewith, was last week read for the third time and passed. According to the Senate, the amended Bill was carried out, “to remove obvious impediments, particularly in the area of funding and reposition the commission to carry out its mandate effectively.”

The decision of the upper chamber was sequel to the consideration of report of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs by the Chairman, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, PDP, Delta North and 18 others. The passed Bill, which was read for the first time on July 26, 2017, had the general principles deliberated on by the senators on July 27, thereafter read for the second time and referred to the committee for further legislative action.