The governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson has called for the strengthening of regulatory bodies in the oil sector to make multinational companies operating in the Niger Delta live up to its responsibilities.
Mr. Dickson noted that the multinational whose activities were largely responsible for degradation of the area had cashed in on this weakness to short change the region and Nigeria in general.
The governor spoke when he received the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, who was in the Niger Delta for consultation ahead of the launch of Ogoniland cleanup by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the governor, pollution from Agip Oil Company alone in the state is about a thousand incidents.
He pointed out that while he was aware of incidents of sabotage, the responsibility to protect pipelines and other facilities falls on the oil companies who make billions from the resource.
He noted that environmental pollution by oil companies began in Bayelsa, where crude oil was first discovered in Oloibiri in 1958, adding that the state “is the epicentre of pollution.”
Mr. Dickson described himself as a “firm believer in the environment because it is the collective heritage for mankind.”
He promised to collaborate with the Federal Government to clean up the Niger Delta.
Earlier, Ms. Mohammed solicited the cooperation of the governor, people of Bayelsa and entire Niger Delta in effort to clean up the area, beginning with Ogoniland.
The minister assured that President Buhari would fulfil his campaign to clean up the entire the region.
Culled from: Premium Times Nigeria