DG NOSDRA ADDRESSES NOSDRA STAFF AMID COVID19 PANDEMIC
The Director General of National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr Idris Musa has shown exceptional concern for his members of staff by confirming their welfare as well as giving them a detailed breakdown of the activities of the agency during the period of lockdown. This happened over a live interactive session on New Media (Facebook) on Wednesday, 22nd April 2020. This platform gave the staff room to ask questions on matters of concerns as well as show appreciation to the DG.
To begin the session the DG confirmed the welfare of members of staff who responded gratefully. He went ahead to say that some challenges have occurred during the lock down period, however, the oil spill reports in recent times has been very few. As regards the oil spill reports received, he said Joint Investigation Visits have been organised to the sites.
He also spoke on the reported case of dead fishes surfacing on the shorelines of Delta and Bayelsa, stating that members of NOSDRA team have gone to take samples of the water, the sediments on the shorelines and the fishes to the laboratory in order to properly examine them and carry out a detailed analysis. He said the agency is working with other sister agencies like the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR).
Musa said NOSDRA will continue to put all necessary safety measures in place when staff resume, this includes safety items as well as social distancing. He commemorated with all those who have been victims of the Covid19 pandemic and empathised with those who have lost loved ones home and abroad.
The DG gave room for all staff to ask questions which he responded to appropriately and in details. He ended the session by pleading with the members of staff to take safety measures and stay safe during this period.