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Reps probe oil company failure to compensate community

05 March 2015, 21:34

Abuja - The House of Representatives on Wednesday ordered investigation into alleged gas pollution in Umu-Eze community in Delta from Nigerian Agip Oil Company ‎(NOAC) facility in the area.

The order followed a motion by Rep. Ossai Ossai (PDP-Delta), who told the house that the pollution in the community occurred in December, 2009.

Ossai said that the pollution was massive and that the community demanded N400million compensation from the company for the damage to its environment and property.

He said that since the incident, the company neither complied with the community’s demand not made attempt to negotiate with it.

He said that the community had drawn the attention of the company to gas emission from its facility but that the company did nothing for about six days during which the area had been massive polluted by gas.

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According to him, the gas emission destroyed crops, surface water, marine activities and buildings, in addition to causing the death of domestic and wild animals.

Ossai disclosed that the company’s reluctance on the issue was in spite of the involvement of Delta Government’s Ministry of Environment and relevant Federal Government agencies.

He said the report of the post-impact assessment carried out jointly by various stakeholders, required the company to repair the damaged facility and compensate the community.

He therefore urged the house to investigate the issue and prevail on the company to pay compensation to the community, adding that there was urgent need for that to be done.

The motion was unanimously adopted by the house and the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal , directed the Committee on Gas and Environment to investigate the matter and submit its report within three weeks.



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