Reps cau­tion Navy on in­dis­crim­i­nate de­struc­tion of con­fis­cated crude oil

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day urged the Nige­rian Navy to be wary of de­stroy­ing con­fis­cated petroleum prod­ucts and other il­le­gal re­finer­ies along the shores of the coun­try.

The House com­mit­tee on en­vi­ron­ment ad­vised that petroleum prod­ucts seized from oil thieves and oth­ers found in il­le­gal re­finer­ies should be de­stroyed in a man­ner that would not en­dan­ger the health of neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Chair­man of the com­mit­tee Rep Uche Ek­wu­nife (APGA, Anam­bra) at an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with the Navy and the Nigeria Oil Spill De­tec­tion and Re­sponse Agency (NOSDRA) in Abuja said in spite of the com­mend­able ef­forts of the Navy, they should be wary with the health im­pli­ca­tion of their work.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that they have re­duced oil theft, but we are wor­ried in the way of dis­charg­ing the bunkered oil. We want to see if there are other ways we can dis­charge bunkered oil. We want to en­sure that the en­vi­ron­ment is not fur­ther dev­as­tated,” she said.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Ad­mi­ral Us­man Jib­rin, rep­re­sented by Chief Naval Safety and Stan­dards, Rear Ad­mi­ral John­son Olu­toyin, as­sured the com­mit­tee that the Navy is look­ing for a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem in the face of nu­mer­ous chal­lenges.

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