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.


Reps want Agip Oil to contain spill in Bayelsa

12 November 2015, 07:49

Abuja - The House of Representatives on Wednesday, urged the Nigerian Agip Oil Company to clean up recent multiple oil spills to avoid fire outbreak in communities in Bayelsa.

This followed a motion sponsored by Representative Douye Diri (Bayelsa-PDP), and unanimously adopted by members through a voice vote.

The motion which came under matter of urgent national public importance was on the need to address severe pollution of the Niger Delta environment due to alarmingly high incidences of preventable oil spills.

The House, therefore, directed that oil companies should publish monthly updates of oil spills in five daily newspapers and submit copies of the same to the House.

The company will as well disclose the existence of potentially dangerous equipment and report back to the House within six weeks for further legislative action.

Also read: ERA demands money to bereaved families affected by Agip explosion

Speaking on the motion, Diri said that oil companies had continued to treat resolutions passed on same matter with disdain, adding that if it continued, the National Assembly will lose its respect before the public.

Diri expressed concern that the spillages resulted in the wanton waste of lives and property, adding that it also caused severe pollution to the environment.

"The lives and livelihood of the people of the Niger Delta has become too cheap and dispensable to the oil companies in their unbridled quest for profit."

He explained that rather than own up to their responsibility and do what was necessary, the spills were routinely attributed to illegal bunkering or sabotage leaving the impacted communities to their fate.

"Despite numerous promises that these multinational oil operators have made to this honourable House and impacted communities, no useful efforts or progress on tackling oil spills has been made.

"The Niger Delta will suffer irreversible environmental catastrophe if decisive action is not taken to combat the reckless and criminal conduct of the oil industry,

"Firm structures must be put in place to have the oil companies comply with international best practices in their operations."

There will be no plenary on Thursday, November 12, 2015 as the National Assembly management maintains the premises.



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...