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

An argument ensued between Senators Tony Nwoye and Jibrin Isah, popularly known as Echocho at the plenary on Wednesday.

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

But most of the senators who contributed to the bill in its consideration for a second reading kicked against his argument because states like Kogi and Lagos, which had oil wells, are not covered by the NDDC operations despite being oil-producing states.


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