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The House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a motion brought by Hon. Donald Ojogo(Ilaje/Ese-Odo) Federal Constituency seeking to compel the oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to comply with the NDDC Act.

While moving the motion, Ojogo noted that the establishment of the NDDC Act, 2000 was in response to the heightened agitations and violent yearnings of the Nine oil producing states which make up the Niger-Delta as enshrined in section 2 (1) of the NDDC Act.

Noted also were the provisions of section 14 (1a,b,c and d) which mandates the federal government and international oil companies operating in the region to certain percentage of their total budget into the funds account of NDDC.

Whilst the federal government has continued to fulfil their part, International Oil Companies have flagrantly “subjected section 14 (1b) to distasteful neglect and reckless abandonment thereby leading NDDC into serious indebtedness to the tune of about $4billion dollars by the IOCs.”

“Unfortunately, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC which was drafted to handle the recovery process have continued to hold on to all monies recovered without remitting same to the NDDC for the commission to meet it’s obligation,” Ojogo said.

The House accordingly, mandated its Standing Committee on NDDC to probe the level of indebtedness and the role of the EFCC in the recovery process.

The Motion was seconded by Hon. Adamu Hashimu Ranga, Ningi/Warzi Federal Constituency of Bauchi State.

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