Abuja: Taking into cognizance the adverse effect of oil spillage on the environment, the minister of environment Mrs Lawrencia Mallam, has stressed the need for oil and gas companies to work closely with the federal government.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja during the commissioning/handover ceremony of Geographic Information System (GIS), laboratory and oil spill detection equipment installed at the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) , she said the collaboration has became necessary to ensure a safe environment.
Stressing the importance of the projects, she noted that it would go a long way in making the job of NOSDRA easier and the environment better.
“We have monitored closely the execution of this contract by the contractor, and are glad to note that the contractor executed the project according to specification and that the test- run of the equipment had yielded encouraging results.It is hoped that NOSDRA would deploy the procured equipment into effective usage by ensuring the early detection of any act of spillage in any part of the country.
“We also note that the GIS equipment was installed in six locations nationwide, thereby providing a better coverage of the country. It is our hope that this project would enhance the capacity of NOSDRA to fulfill its core mandate,” she said.