On 20 December 2017, the National Assembly’s passage of a Bill to amend the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment, Etc.) Act, 2000 (NDDC Act) made news headlines. The Bill received Presidential Assent nine days later, and thus became the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment, Etc.) (Amendment) Act (NDDC Amendment Act).
At the early stages of the amendment process, the NDDC Act Amendment Bill appeared to have been conceptualized as a corrective piece of legislation to redress perceived lapses in the NDDC Act. Now fully enacted, however, the NDDC Amendment Act contains just one substantive provision that purports to do no more than amend a single sub-section of the NDDC Act.