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Reps probe Agip over oil spill in Bayelsa

03 April 2014, 18:26

Abuja – The House of Representatives has mandated its joint committee on environment, oil and gas to investigate the causes of incessant spills by Agip Oil, particularly the one that affected the Ikrama community in Bayelsa State.

The committees are to, in furtherance of its oversight functions, ensure that Agip abides by all laws guiding their operations in the country.

The House also mandated the committees to ensure the enforcement of the provisions in the oil and gas regulations.

It also resolved that the communities affected by the oils spills must be "timely" and "adequately" compensated based on Total Economic Value (TEV) and in line with best international practices.

The affected communities are: Ikarama community in Yenagoa Local Government Area, Okpoama and Odiama, Okoroba community of Nembe Local Government, Agip's Idu We'll 3 in Yenagoa among others.

The House also resolved that old and outdated pipelines must be replaced in line with section 9 of Oil and Gas Regulations 1995.

It added that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) should provide relief materials to the affected communities.

The resolution followed a motion by Stella Dorgu which was unanimously adopted without debate by the House, which was presided by the Speaker,  Aminu Tambuwal.

Dorgu said the oil spillage in Ikarama on March 21 from a facility owned by Agip oil had resulted in loss of farmlands as well as polluted water sources.

She said that the spillage also resulted in loss of economic trees, crops and aquatic lives as well as displacement of indigenes.

The lawmaker equally said that the spillage also occurred on Aug. 27, 2013 in Okpoama and Odiama communities.

She said that another spillage also took place in February 17 in Izagara and Agums clans of Okoroba in Nembe Local Government in Bayelsa from Agip oil pipelines.

Dorgu expressed concern that the rate of oil spillage in the country was on the increase.

She, therefore, urged the house to intervene in the matter so that necessary measures would be put in place to tackle incessant oils spillage in the country.


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