FG commences investigation into NOSDRA for strict penalties over Bayelsa oil spill

FG commences investigation into NOSDRA for strict penalties over Bayelsa oil spill

The Federal Government (FG) has declared that it will begin the process of reviewing the National Oil Spillage Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA).

According to the FG, this was in order to mete out stiffer penalties to oil companies involved in oil spillage in the country.

The Minister of Environment, Sharon Ikeazor who made the declaration on Thursday, November 25; at the weekly ministerial briefing at the State House.

She noted that a strong legal framework has become expedient to stop ongoing oil spills.

The Environment minister further revealed that the OML29 oil spill in Nembe, Bayelsa State has been brought under control; while blaming the oil spillage on sabotage by the locals.

According to her, necessary personnel and equipment have been deployed by the FG to begin recovery and remediation efforts handled by NOSDRA, as the agency assures that a post-spill impact assessment will be concluded in one month.

Ikeazor also indicated that the FG is working to create alternative livelihoods for local communities to put a halt to illegal activities, that lead to sabotage of oil.

Nigeria has the highest rate of smoke-induced death in the world; most of which are women according to the environment ministry.

The government is hoping to reintroduce clean cookstove and the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) cookstove initiative described as fundamental; to enabling a reversal of the deaths and protecting the nation’s biodiversity.

Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government has slammed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over its decision to place Governor Willie Obiano on its watchlist.

According to the Anambra Government, this move was politically motivated and in bad taste.

This was contained in a statement signed on Thursday, November 25, 2021. The statement was released by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C.Don Adinuba.

Adinuba noted the directive of the EFCC was not just “a new low”; but that everything was wrong “in the politically motivated statement like this”.

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Further, the Anambra government said that the EFCC provided no details of how Governor Obiano has been placed on its watch list; but merely made a reference to a letter it purportedly wrote on November 15, 2021; to the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service; asking it to inform the anti-graft agency anytime the governor is travelling out of the country.

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