The ad-hoc committee recently set up by the House of Representatives has commenced investigation into the alleged burning and destruction of equipments seized from illegal refineries by the Joint Task Force, JTF in the Niger Delta.
The committee has also began to probe the activities of Nigerian Agip Oil Company with a view to ensuring that it carries out improvement of its facilities to forestall any such incident in the future and also determine the circumstance that led to the death of 14 people in Azuzuama community.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday learnt that the ad hoc committee immediately embarked on the national assignment in view of its critical nature to Nigeria’s economy.
It would be recalled that on August 6, 2015, Hon. Douye Diri moved the motion entitled “urgent need to bring an end to the despoliation of the Niger Delta environment through the burning of equipment confiscated from illegal operators of refineries”.
The motion was co-sponsored by 13 other lawmakers.
In his lead debate, Diri noted that the JTF, which was set up in 2004, was to protect pipelines, prevent the operation of illegal refineries and generally maintain peace, law and order in the Niger Delta.
He lamented that the communities in the area suffer from effects of burning and destruction of oil tools and equipment seized from operators of illegal oil refineries.
The lawmaker pointed out that the burning was not done according to internationally accepted best practises, adding that it had greatly polluted the environment.
Diri also stated that the fire outbreak in Azuzuama community in Bayelsa State on July 9, 2015 was as a result of the use of dilapidated infrastructure and equipment by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company an incident that led to the death of 14 persons.
The motion was unanimously adopted by the House with a directive to the ad committee to forestall further degradation of the Niger Delta.


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