Reps in­ves­ti­gate in­ces­sant Agip oil spillage in Bayelsa

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, yes­ter­day, man­dated its com­mit­tees to un­ravel the cause of the con­tin­ued spillage from a fa­cil­ity of the Nige­rian Agip Oil Com­pany that led to the de­struc­tion of farm­lands of a Bayelsa com­mu­nity.

The com­mit­tees of en­vi­ron­ment and that of oil and gas (up­stream) were asked to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the spillage and re­port to the House.

The House also tasked Agip Com­pany to re­place its faulty pipe­lines which were mak­ing it eas­ier for van­dals to at­tack the pipe­lines.

The com­mit­tees are to also come up with rec­om­men­da­tion that would com­pel the com­pany abide by all laws guid­ing its op­er­a­tions in the coun­try.

The po­si­tion of the House fol­lowed the adop­tion of a mo­tion by Rep Stella Dorgu (PDP, Bayelsa), who ar­gued that the spillage has re­sulted to “the loss of farm­lands, pol­luted wa­ter sources,” and dis­placed a lot of in­di­genes.

She said: “Rivers and farm­lands in Ikarama com­mu­nity have been dev­as­tated by oil spill. Eco­nomic trees, crops and aquatic lives have been lost. Health has been jeop­ar­dized. The fi­nan­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and health toll can­not be quan­ti­fied.”

The law­mak­ers, there­fore, re­solved that the com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by oil spillages be “timely and ad­e­quately com­pen­sated based on To­tal Eco­nomic Value (TEV) and in line with in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices.”

Based on the ex­ist­ing law as well as in­ter­nal prac­tice, said the House, there ought to be a com­pre­hen­sive clean­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment.

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