President Muhammadu Buhari is talking tough over the issue of oil spillage in the Niger Delta area, saying the government would hold regulators to task over the issue.
He also stated that government would no longer tolerate the current theft and illegal refining of crude oil going on in the Niger Delta.
The president, represented by his vice, Yemi Osinbajo handed down the warning on Thursday, in Bodo, Gokana local government area of Rivers state during the launch of “Clean-Up of Ogoniland’’.
He called on regulators in the oil industry to carry out their responsibilities in line with best practices, noting, that “The current oil theft and illegal refining will not be tolerated. The regulators in the oil industries must live up to expectations.
“They must ensure that oil companies carry out their operations in line with universal best services,’’ he said.
Buhari said that government was laying a foundation for change to ensure the rule of law and safety of the people, and that the aim was to diversify the nation’s economy and provide jobs and wealth for the people.
He stated that the clean-up of Ogoniland will have sustainable development components that will benefit the people, and that agro-allied industries required for processing of agricultural produce will also be put in place.
On his part, governor of River State, Nyesom Wike commended Buhari for inaugurating the implementation of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland.
He said that the state government would provide the platform for the smooth implementation of the Report.
He lamented that environmental degradation had affected ecosystem and wild life of communities in the Niger Delta.
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