Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


NOSDRA wants communities involved in effort to curb pipeline vandalism

11 December 2015, 18:19

Yenagoa - The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has restated the need to make oil bearing communities part of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programme to tackle pipeline vandalism.

This is contained in a statement issued on Friday by Mr Henshaw Ogbuike, NOSDRA’s Head of Public Affairs.

The statement said that the community-based DRR workshop held in Port Harcourt on Thursday was to underscore the fact that pipeline vandalism was a threat in the Niger Delta.

It said that crude oil spilled into the environment due to the failure of equipment used by the oil companies.

According to the statement, prevention of such development should involve the companies, government and oil producing communities.

The statement said that previous efforts at combating the menace, which excluded the oil bearing communities, had recorded limited success.

"The DRR plan was developed by the agency to incorporate and sustain an interface with stakeholders that hitherto have not been effectively engaged in the effort to curb pipeline vandalism.

Also read: Nigeria loses N8bn to gas pipeline vandalism

"While it is true that crude oil is spilled into the environment due to equipment failure, pipeline vandalism by unscrupulous elements also contributes largely to the menace, resulting in adverse socio-economic, health and environmental conditions.

"The significance of this occasion cannot be over- emphasised; the DRR plan will be community-driven, community-implemented and community-monitored.

"DRR plan is a community-evaluated project in which the host and transit communities, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, hold themselves responsible for the advocacy and protection of the immediate environment,’’ it said.

The statement quoted the Head, Remediation, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Prof. Akuro Adoki, as saying that pipeline vandalism was a very serious issue with consequences on the country’s development.

Adoki lamented that it was worse at a time when low oil price was already impacting negatively on the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.

He, however, commended NOSDRA for the sustained interest in oil spill management.

According to the statement, Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers charged oil-producing communities to police their areas against pipeline vandalism and its consequences.

"Majority of the 1,900 reported cases of oil spills in Rivers were caused by vandalism, while a small percentage was due to equipment failure.

"Oil companies have no equipment to immediately detect oil spill,’’ he was quoted as saying, urging the communities to assist the companies with information on spills.

The statement quoted the governor as saying that Rivers government was ready to partner with oil companies and NOSDRA to tackle the menace.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...