NOSDRA rolls out new oil spill compensation guideline

Kunle Kalejaye 12 November 2015, Sweetcrude, Lagos –  The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, has come out with a new oil spill compensation guideline that would  effectively address the needs of affected persons and communities and guide the government in terms actions in the event of an oil spill.
*Oil spill in Bodo community in Nigeria's Niger Delta

*Oil spill in Bodo community in Nigeria’s Niger Delta

A copy of the new compensation guideline obtained bySweetcrudeReports, quoted the Director General of NOSDRA, Peter Idabor, as identifying lack of independent ‘third party’ observer as one of the main shortcomings of the existing compensation process.

Other short comings include inadequate community representation during the investigation process which has impacted negatively on accountability and bringing about disputes.
To address these short comings, NOSDRA in the document said that an extensive field research regarding oil spill compensation mechanism was initiated to enable the planing of an informed and comprehensive approach to problem solving.
The core principles of the new oil spill compensation system, according to the document, is that the process will be accessible and accountable at all stages, ensuring that all stakeholders understand the process and their options, in order to avoid grievances arising from wrong assumptions and unrealistic expectations.
“The new process will ensure all parties are adequately represented and have access to technological expertise in order to safeguard the interest of all stakeholders.
“It will  ensured that the new oil spill compensation process adheres to strict scientific principles and follows best practice at all stages in order to guarantee accountability and transparency, and enhance trust in the process
“The new oil spill compensation process will enable the clear allocation of responsibilities for the tasks involved in the process to the appropriate agencies or professional bodies, in order to ensure issues are identified and dealt with as efficiently as possible, and avoidable obstacles is minimised,” NOSDRA stated.
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