By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Thursday flagged off the Community-Based Disaster Risk Resolution Plan (CBDRR plan) in Delta.
The Director General, NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, performed the function at a One-Day Stakeholders Forum, with the theme, “the Danger of Oil Pipeline Vandalism and the Resultant Environmental Pollution” on Thursday in Asaba.
Represented by Mrs Christiana Okunubi, Director, Planning, Policy Analysis and esearch, NOSDRA, Musa said that there was a dire need to avert dangers associated with oil spillage to save the environment in the Niger Delta.
He noted that the pilot scheme of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Plan had been carried out in some communities in Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ondo and Abia states.
According to NOSDRA boss, Niger Delta is confronted with myriad of environmental problems threatening the supportive ecosystem and indeed the livelihood of her people.
“One of such threats is the incidence of oil spillages caused by oil pipeline vandalism.
“Thus, the compelling need to organise town hall meetings to create awareness on the dangers of pipeline vandalism in the region”.
He noted that there was a compelling need for roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders to clearly identified and harmonised.
“The DRR plan was developed by the agency to create and sustain an interface with stakeholders that hitherto have not been effectively engaged in the efforts to curb pipeline vandalism.
“While it is true that crude oil is spilled into the environment due to equipment failure, pipeline vandalism by unscrupulous elements also contributes largely to the menace which consequences include adverse socio- economic, health and environmental conditions.
“Hence, the emphases on DRR plan will be a community-driven, community implemented, community-monitored and community- evaluated project.
“The DRR plan is expected to be replicated in all oil producing states and transit states,” Musa said.