Expert tasks govt on legal framework to harness flared gas

22 February 2015, Lagos – Mr Seyi Gambo, a former Publicity Relations Officer, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has urged the Federal Government to end gas flaring and harness it for domestic consumption.

Gas flaring in the Niger deltaGambo said in Lagos that for government to achieve that there should be an effective legal framework on gas flaring.

He said gas flaring was not only ravaging the coastal environment but has deprived the nation of huge revenue needed for development.

“Revenue loss from gas was due to the government’s inability to focus and explore many other natural resources apart from oil.

“This has practically frustrated the development of the gas industry. Flared gas is also known to contain toxic substances which could cause respiratory diseases and air pollution, leading to depletion of the ozone layer,” Gambo said.

He advised government to harness the potential of the nation’s enormous gas reserves by encouraging investments in domestic gas projects.

The former union official said this was critical to the nation’s power sector reforms and other critical sectors of the economy.



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