The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Thursday converged stakeholders in the Nigerian petroleum industry to discuss action plans for management of oil spills, with significant emphasis on reviewing regulatory procedures regarding oil spill reporting, clean-up and remediation of oil spill impacted sites and ecosystem restoration.
In an address by the Chairman of the Governing Board of NOSDRA, His Royal Highness Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa (III), read on his behalf by the Director-General/Chief Executive of NOSDRA, Idris O. Musa, noted that reviewing such regulatory procedures was very important not only for the integrity and credibility of the Agency but also for strengthening environmental management, ensuring fair, just and amicable resolution of disputes that may arise from oil spill incidents.
Earlier, in a welcome address by the DG/CE, delivered on his behalf by Director of Oil Field Assessment (OFA), Dr. Yusuf Rigasa, he emphasized the paramount importance of oil spill management considering the devastating impact of oil spills to ecosystems, wildlife, local economies and the well-being and livelihoods of host communities. He stated that the stakeholders’ meeting with the oil industry operators served as a platform for NOSDRA and stakeholders to share knowledge, expertise and experience.
The stakeholders’ engagement was also to fine-tune the procedures of oil spill management and participants cut across oil and gas, environmental sector and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) contributed valuable insights and shared perspectives throughout the course of the meeting.
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