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Legislating Development in Nigeria's Oil-Producing Region: The N. D. D. C. Act Seven Years On

Legislating Development in Nigeria's Oil-Producing Region: The N. D. D. C. Act Seven Years On ∗ I. INTRODUCTION The importance of oil to the economic well-being of Nigeria cannot be over emphasised.1 Despite concerted effort at diversifying the economy, earnings from oil and gas resources still account for over ninety percent of the country’s aggregate revenue.2 This explains why the government of Nigeria has consistently considered issues pertaining to petroleum resources exploitation in the country and the Niger Delta3 area with uncommon attention. However, this concern has not always yielded the ideal result.4 Sometimes concern has rather been geared towards ensuring uninterrupted oil and gas production in the region, being Nigeria’s only petroleum producing area.5 A commentator had said: Nigeria has for over thirty years thrived on the revenue derived from the oil mineral producing communities. The need for those communities to be rehabilitated and developed cannot be overemphasized. They should not be relegated to the background.6 ∗ LL.M; B.L. Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. 1 The economy of Nigeria is heavily dependent on the country’s earnings from the petroleum sector. Oil and gas production has relegated other sectors that hitherto accounted for Nigeria’s main source of revenue to the background. The worst hit in this category is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

Legislating Development in Nigeria's Oil-Producing Region: The N. D. D. C. Act Seven Years On

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2009
Subject
African Studies
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/E0954889009000322
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∗ I. INTRODUCTION The importance of oil to the economic well-being of Nigeria cannot be over emphasised.1 Despite concerted effort at diversifying the economy, earnings from oil and gas resources still account for over ninety percent of the country’s aggregate revenue.2 This explains why the government of Nigeria has consistently considered issues pertaining to petroleum resources exploitation in the country and the Niger Delta3 area with uncommon attention. However, this concern has not always yielded the ideal result.4 Sometimes concern has rather been geared towards ensuring uninterrupted oil and gas production in the region, being Nigeria’s only petroleum producing area.5 A commentator had said: Nigeria has for over thirty years thrived on the revenue derived from the oil mineral producing communities. The need for those communities to be rehabilitated and developed cannot be overemphasized. They should not be relegated to the background.6 ∗ LL.M; B.L. Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. 1 The economy of Nigeria is heavily dependent on the country’s earnings from the petroleum sector. Oil and gas production has relegated other sectors that hitherto accounted for Nigeria’s main source of revenue to the background. The worst hit in this category is

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African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2009

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