By Shedrack Frank
Governor Douye Diri de Bayelsa called on members of the House of Representatives to speed up action on the passage of the Oil Industry Bill (GDP), as it will correct some of the injustices facing oil-producing states. oil.
He said the GDP, once passed, would be a way to right some of the wrongs that oil companies have in host communities, adding that the bill has long been overlooked by the National Assembly.
The governor said, “Let me appeal as you get very serious about GDP. The bill has been there from one house to the next.
Diri said people in the Niger Delta have suffered so much in terms of environmental degradation and pollution of water bodies, leading to an increase in cases of cancer and other strange ailments.
He questioned the standards applied by oil companies in their operations in the area compared to other parts of the world.
The governor, while also calling for the cleanup of the Niger Delta as a whole, noted that the Ogoni cleanup, which has attracted international attention, was only a fraction of the environment polluted by oil spills. ‘hydrocarbons.
“What happened in Ogoniland is the same throughout the Niger Delta. That there is a cleanup in Ogoniland is, to say the least, a fraction of the Niger Delta.
“The clean-up should therefore take place throughout the Niger Delta,” Diri said.
He expressed hope that the committee’s report would bring relief to people in the area, if implemented.
Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Representative Amiru Tukur, said they were in the state on a verification mission to some oil spill sites to verify the actual clean-up and remediation.
Tukur also said the results of the visit would form the basis of the committee’s report to the House. (NOPE)
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