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Nigeria To Enforce Stricter Sanctions On Companies Involved In Oil Spillage

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The Federal Government has disclosed that it is considering stricter sanctions for companies involved in oil spillage in the Niger Delta.

The Minister of State for Environment, SHARON IKEAZOR, who revealed this at the weekly ministerial press briefing organised by the Presidential media team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also explained that her ministry is engaging other relevant government agencies to achieve this.

IKEAZOR said that ministry of environment is working to amend the law establishing the National Oil Spillage Detection and Response Agency to build its capacity and give it “the needed teeth to bite.”

She further explained that the operating company of the OML29 in Nembe, Bayelsa state, has blamed the most recent oil spillage in the country on sabotage by the locals.

She also stressed the need to put an end to artisanal refineries, which she said had continued to cause pollution in the Niger Delta.

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