Gas Flaring: Reps summon perm sec over Nigeria’s absence at UN meeting

21 October 2015, Abuja – The House of Representatives has summoned the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources or his representative to come and explain to the House why Nigeria was absent at the Zero Routine Gas Flaring Initiative in Washington DC earlier in April this year . The event was put in place to find a workable solution at ending gas flaring by the year 2030.

Shell gas flare at Kolo Creek - surrounded by green vegetation.

Gas flaring at Kolo Creek in the Niger Delta

The House also mandated its Standing Committees on Gas Resources and Petroleum Resources (Downstream) (when constituted) to conduct a comprehensive review of relevant government policy initiatives aimed at checking gas flaring and also assess the menace in order to determine if the initiatives conform with global best practices.

The resolutions followed the adoption of a motion tagged “Deploring Nigeria’s Absence at the Routine Gas Flaring Initiative in Washington D.C., United States , ” sponsored by Hon. Uchechuku Nnam-Obi and 13 other lawmakers at plenary yesterday.

The sponsors had noted that while Nigeria, which is faced with severe challenges arising from unbridled gas flaring at onshore/offshore production sites by international oil companies operating within its shores was absent at the crucial parley, nine countries and multi-national oil companies attended.

The lawmakers added that the Initiative strives to get governments, oil companies, and developmental institutions to see gas flaring as unsustainable as it constitutes waste of resources, poses grave environmental and health dangers to the people and also detrimental to the climate and therefore agree to cooperate to eliminate routine flaring not later than 2030.


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