OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to provide adequate compensation for communities in the Niger Delta region that suffered a loss of their economic livelihood as a result of oil spill.
It further mandated its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) to investigate the circumstances behind the disservice done to the region and report back to the House within 4 weeks for further legislative action.
The resolutions were sequel to a motion of urgent national importance titled ‘The Need To Curb And Halt Further Oil Spillage In Communities In Delta State’ brought forward by Efe Afe (PDP, Delta) on Wednesday.
The lawmakers bemoaned the continuous oil spills in different communities in both Okpe and Sapele Local Government Areas of Delta State, affecting fishing and farming reserves.
They stressed the environmental devastation on these fields purportedly owned by Conoil Exploration Company, adding that all efforts to call the firm to accountability have proved abortive as it has continued to refuse owning up to the disaster.
The Green Chamber called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief to the affected individuals.
The lawmakers called on the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to commence clean up of the communities as soon as possible.
They also enjoined Conoil and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who are joint members in the exploration to be involved in the cleanup.
The motion was voted upon and adopted when the presiding officer put the question forward.