By Seun Aweda
LEGISREPORTS NG – The House of Representatives has set up an Ad-hoc Committee to probe the activities of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta region through wanton burning and destruction of oil tools which usually are done without recourse to international best practices.
The motion sponsored by Hon. Douye Diri and 13 others during plenary on Thursday highlighted that the communities in the Niger Delta area routinely suffer from the effects of wanton burning and destruction of oil tools and equipment seized from operators of illegal refineries, which are usually done without recourse to internationally accepted best practices; an action that has generally polluted the environment and waters in the area and in the process, destroyed farm lands and killed fishes, thereby jeopardizing the means of livelihood of the Niger Delta people.
Douri in his debate on the motion noted that a fire outbreak in Azuzuama community in Bayelsa state on July 9, 2015 which led to the death of fourteen persons, was as a result of the use of dilapidated infrastructure and equipment by Nigerian Agip Oil Company.
The Ad-hoc committee of the House when constituted will also investigate the activities of Nigerian Agip Oil Company with a view to ensuring that it carries out improvement of its facilities to forestall any such further incident in the future and also determine the circumstances which led to the death of 14 persons in Azuzuama community in Bayelsa.
The House in its resolution further mandated the Ad-hoc committee to determine the steps taken by JTF in conjunction with other relevant agencies such as Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the National Oil Spill Detection Response Agency (NOSDRA) to forestall further degradation of the Niger Delta.
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