Research Report on the Effectiveness of Oil & Gas Producing Areas Development Commissions in the Niger Delta
This study assesses the operations of Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commissions across five oil producing states namely, Abia and Imo in the South-East; Edo and Delta in South-South, and Ondo in South-West geopolitical zones, southern Nigeria. The research assesses these commissions by describing and analyzing their operational efforts, enabling laws and the extent they have applied the 13% derivation fund from the federation accounts to the state government and then to the commissions, to improve the living standard of oil producing communities.
It also applies the concept of transparency and accountability to the commissions operations, undue political influence and anti-corruption. The aim is to inform stakeholders particularly civil society anti-corruption advocacy actions in the region. The qualitative and quantitative research methodologies were deployed with questionnaires administered and interviews conducted between April and June 2022. The study was initiated by Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) to build the capacity of civil society and the media to conduct advocacy and engagement of benefiting states governments, their Houses of Assembly, as well as Host oil communities and the commissions for reforms.