Port Harcourt – National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said on Tuesday that it would continue to ensure that best practices were used in oil spill clean-ups, rehabilitation, protection and remediation of the environment.
Sir Peter Idabor, NOSDRA’s Managing Director, stated this while speaking at the Mandatory Workshop for NOSDRA Accredited Consultants in Port Harcourt.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the workshop is: ‘’Ensuring Best Practices in Environmental Consultancy Services in Oil Spill Management in Nigeria.’’
Idabor, who was represented by Mrs Uche Okwechime, Director of Finance/Admin, NOSDRA, said that the thrust of the workshop was to assist technocrats in the effective management of oil spill response.
He said that oil spill incidences and responses were as old as oil production in Nigeria.
”Apart from global concern that requires the need to ensure an operational balance, the present administration is also determined to correct how things are done now and in the future.
”It is also determined to ensure proper management of oil spills in Nigeria,’’ the managing director said.
Idabor explained that the workshop was meant to ensure consultants’ full adherence to regulations governing oil spill management.
According to him, NOSDRA is aware of unwholesome practices by some consultants not accredited by the Agency in getting contracts from oil companies, thereby denying accredited ones from getting contracts.
He, however, assured that NOSDRA would not relent in putting to a stop such unpatriotic act aimed at ensuring that only qualified NOSDRA accredited consultants were engaged by oil companies. (NAN)