Rivers State House of Assembly has set up a 5-man adhoc committee to investigate effects of an explosion that rocked Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NOAC, facility at Ebocha in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state last week.
The committee headed by member representing Gokana constituency, Honourable Israel Lebura Ngbulelu is expected to visit the site and ascertain the level of damage on aquatic life and on the people of the host communities and report back to the House within one week.
The House also resolved that oil multinationals doing business in Rivers State should adopt a symbiotic style of relationship between them and host communities.
The decision was sequel to a motion jointly moved by members representing ONELGA I and II, Hon Ahiakwo Christian and Hon Nathaniel Uwaji, respectively.
In moving the motion, which was seconded by Hon Evans Bipi, Uwaji stated that the explosion has negatively affected the host communities as the air and water has been contaminated.
“The explosion, which started in one of the biggest and oldest tanks that convey crude and gas to Eleme and Bonny respectively, belonging to the Nigeria Agip Oil Company spread to other similar tanks within the perimeter fence of the tank thereby resulting to big fire and unimaginable noise.
“The eventual effect of the explosion on the entire ecological systems can’t be over-emphasised. The quality of air and drinking water around the locality is obviously threatened,” he stated.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the sitting, Uwaji expressed hope that the committee will come out with a report that will put oil companies on their toes.
While thanking the House for approving the prayers of the motion, the lawmaker said the people of ONELGA has suffered hardship due to oil exploration and exploitation activities.
It would be recalled that AGIP in a statement had said that the explosion has affected about 200,000 bpd production.


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