OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has queried the Nigeria’s conspicuous absence at the zero routine gas flaring initiative event in Washington D C, United States of America.

In a motion sponsored by Mr. Uchechuku Nnam-Obi and 13 others, titled, “Deploring Nigeria’s absence at the zero routine gas flaring initiative in Washington D C, United States of America” the Reps noted with dismay the country’s absence at such “all-important international event that would benefit the country.”

The lawmakers noted that zero routine flaring by 2030 initiative was launched by the United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, as part of the World Bank’s Spring meeting in Washington, USA.

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They also noted that the Initiative is intended to get government, Oil Companies and development institutions to see gas flaring as unsustainable as it constitutes waste of resources, poses grave environmental and health dangers to the people and also detrimental to the climate, thus the need to build consensus towards eliminating routine flaring not later than the year 2030.

They therefore expressed worry that Nigeria’s absence at the meeting held on April 17, 2015, as well as the country’s inability to sign the treaty, the cardinal objective of which was the to end gas flaring by oil companies by 2030, was a major cause for concern.

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