House of Representatives yesterday summoned the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum, Mr. Taiye Haruna to appear before it and explain why the country did not send any delegate to the ‘Zero Routine Gas Flaring Initiative’ held on April 17, 2015, in Washington DC, USA.
The House also resolved to probe Nigeria’s absence to the Gas flaring initiative.
It further mandated its Committees on Gas and Petroleum Resources (Downstream) to conduct a comprehensive review of relevant government policy initiatives aimed at curbing gas flaring and assess such to determine if they conform with global best practices.
The resolutions followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Uchechukwu Nnam-Obi and 13 others titled: ‘Deploring Nigeria’s Absence at the Zero Routine Gas Flaring Initiative in Washington DC, USA’.
In his lead debate, Nnam-Obi noted that Nigeria was faced with severe challenges arising from unbridled gas flaring at onshore/offshore production sites by international oil companies.
He reminded his colleagues that the ‘Zero Routine Flaring by 2030 Initiative’ was launched by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon and the World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim as part of the World Bank’s Spring meeting in Washington USA.
The lawmaker said the initiative was aimed at getting governments, oil companies and developmental institutions to see gas flaring as unsustainable as it constitutes waste of resources, poses grave environmental dangers to the people and also detrimental to the climate.
Nnam-Obi lamented that Nigeria’s absence at the meeting and its inability to sign the treaty – the cardinal objective of which would end gas flaring by oil companies by 2030 – was a major cause for concern.
He expressed dismay that the 10 multinational oil companies, six global development institutions and nine nations such as Norway, Cameroun, Russia, Kazakhstan, Gabon, Congo, Angola and a host of other major industry players were all in attendance while Nigeria, with serious gas flaring issues, was not represented.

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