Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) yesterday warned that it would no longer be business as usual to allow unwholesome practices by some consultants who are not accredited by the agency to continue getting job contracts from oil companies.
NOSDRA Director-General, Sir Peter Idabor disclosed this at the two days workshop/retreat for NOSDRA accredited and prospective environmental consultants held at Atlantic Hall, Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
The theme of the event is, “Ensuring Best Practices in Environmental Consultancy Service in Oil Spill Management in Nigeria. Stakeholders in oil and gas environment were fully represented.
Idabor who was represented at the retreat by Mrs. Uche Okwechime, NOSDRA Director of Finance and Administration, said the objective of the retreat is ensure consultants’ full adherence to procedures, regulation and guidelines governing oil spill management.
She said the Director-General has put a stop to all unaccredited consultants in getting contracts from the oil companies to ensure that those who are fully accredited by NOSDRA get the contact job from oil companies.
She warned the operators of oil companies to ensure full compliance of the order and patronise only qualified and capable NOSDRA accredited consultants.
On the issue of unclean oil spill in the Niger Delta, Mrs. Okwechime said the Federal government is addressing the issue of incessant oil spill, pollution and environmental degradation in
the Niger Delta region particularly in Ogoni land.
She noted that the retreat was part of the efforts towards ensuring best practices relating to oil spill management, clean-up, rehabilitation, protection and remediation of the environment.
“I am firmly convinced that this workshop and retreat will further assist the technocrats in the efficient and effective management of oil spill response. It will also lead to sustainable environment in Nigeria that is why unwholesome practice must stop.
“We must say no to oil spill because NOSDRA vision is to create, nurture and sustain a zero tolerance for oil spill incident in the Nigeria environment. Of course, our mission is to restore and preserve our environment by ensuring best oil field, storage and transmission practices,” she noted.