By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution to constitute an Ad hoc committee to investigate the alleged non-payment of gas flaring penalties by international oil companies(IOCs), amounting to about $14.29 billion between April 2008 and October 2016.
The House has further directed relevant government agencies to undertake a ,,,,,,,,, and post impact assessment of the gas flared environment, and direct the payment of compensation by the oil companies to affected communities.
This was fallout of a motion on the matter, sponsored by Hon. Johnson Agbonayima, and six others, who said gas flaring was harmful to the economy and the environment.
Agbonayima who presented the motion on behalf of the others explained that statistics have shown that the quantity of gas flared in Nigeria exceeds over 40% of gas flared across Africa, which amounts to trillions of Naira that have been wasted over the years;
“The consequences of gas flaring include destruction of farmlands, damaging of crops, contamination of the air and acid rains which, apart from corroding corrugated aluminum roofs, acidify the soil in the areas where gas flaring takes place.
“The Federal Government, in a bid to discourage gas flaring and encourage the redirection of gas flared from waste to wealth, and also to save the environment and the lives of the people living in the gas flared environment, imposed a penalty of $3.5 per 1000 SCF of gas flared by oil Companies”, the lawmaker noted.
The committee is expected to turn in its report within eight weeks.