NOSDRA, NESREA Blame Rising Cases of Oil Spills in Niger-Delta on Sabotage & Inequalities

News - by RadioNow / Aug. 25th, 2022

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) have blamed the rising spate of oil spills across the Niger Delta on sabotage and inequalities in the region. 

The agencies said this on Wednesday when a team from the civil society organization, Connected Development (CODE), and an international development organization Oxfam, paid them a courtesy visit in Abuja. 

 The visit to the agencies by the CSOs was to collaborate with the government on issues pertaining to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). 

These Principles give a framework for how government and businesses are to protect and respect human rights, including mechanisms that are to be put in place to reduce and redress business-related violations. 

Speaking during the parley, Director General, NORSDA, Idris Musa, noted that most of the oil spills recorded in the Niger Delta were a result of sabotage in the system. 

According to him, out of the one thousand and eighty-six (1,086) oil spills recorded in Bayelsa from 2015 till February 2022, 917 were as a result of sabotage, third-party breakage of pipelines with hacksaws, or outright blowing up of pipelines. 

 He added that the nation loses about 200 to 300 barrels of oil per day to the menace.

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