OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives on Thursday, urged the Federal Government to design a workable compensation template for indigenes of communities affected by oil spillage across the country.

This followed a motion titled ‘Call to Assess the Economic Impact, Compensation and Financing Remediation Program for Oil–Spill Ravaged Communities of Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta of Imo State and Niger-Delta Area of Nigeria,’ sponsored by Kingsley Uju (APC, Imo).

Leading debate on the motion, Uju stated that oil spill in the host communities has resulted in pollution of the rivers and low yield to farmers due to poor soil quality a resultant effect of oil spill on the land.

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“The spills have caused diseases, psychological trauma and stress, occupational displacement, decreased income, and untold hardship for the people Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta communities in Imo State.”

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He also expressed his displeasure over the harm caused by the negligence.

Additionally, “There is the need for oil exploration entities to be proactive in addressing the problems created by the oil spill, as well adequate compensations to impacted communities.

“Also the need for a remediation program, which should be jointly financed by the oil companies and the Federal Government to alleviate the sufferings of the people in the affected communities.”

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The Green Chamber called on the Federal Government to set up a remediation programme providing soft loans for indigenous entrepreneurs in impacted communities.

This it says will help in financing their small and medium scale commercial businesses, with clearly defined terms for repayment.

It equally, the House mandated the Committees on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Petroleum Resources (Downstream), and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to conduct an impact assessment and evaluation on the effects of oil spillage in Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.

Members of the Lower Legislative House believe it will ensure that the people are adequately compensated and lead to the implementation of previous resolutions.

The motion was adopted after the question was put to vote.

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