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Reps to probe Agip over non-payment of N400m compensation
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:53:41 PM »
House of Representatives  yesterday  resolved to investigate Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) over non-payment of N400 million compensation to Umu-Eze Iwerre community in Delta state.

The decision to institute the probe was an aftermath of the adoption of a motion to that effect sponsored by Nicholas Ossai.

In his lead debate, Ossai noted that the Irri/Kwale Gas Pipeline operated by Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) emitted gas between December 23 to 29, 2009, which polluted the entire community of Aboh in Ndokwa East local government area of Delta state.

He lamented that “NAOC had not only blatantly refused to pay the N400 million compensation requested by Umu-Eze Iwerre community as a result of the pollution, but also backed out from further negotiations that could have led to an agreement for the payment of a fair compensation.”

The lawmaker explained that the report on the gas emission was promptly brought to the attention of NAOC, which neglected to clamp the source of the leakage until six days after the disclosure of the information to it.

“Another report that the heavy and extensive emission densely polluted the environment and adversely affected the health of the people of the community, many of whom were consequently hospitalized for long periods,” he said.

The lawmaker who called for the intervention of the House, disclosed that the claim that the pollution damaged crops, surface water, marine life, roofs of houses, vegetation and also caused the death of hundreds of domestic and wild animals as well as poultry.

He explained that the post-impact assessment carried out by the representatives of the Delta state ministry of environment, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), NAOC and Umu-Eze Iwerre Community was contained in the report dated December 29, 2009.

According to him, NAOC was directed to effect immediate repairs of the facility and compensate the impacted community.

Deputy House Leader,  Leo Ogor, in his contribution to the debate said it is necessary that the committees should find out why the oil company withdrew from the negotiations completely after refusing to pay the compensation.

In his ruling, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal who presided over the plenary referred the motion to the committees on Environment and Gas Resources for further legislative input and report back within three weeks.

Adewale Odubiyi
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Reps to probe Agip over non-payment of N400m compensation
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:53:41 PM »


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