NOSDRA PARTNERS NSCDC ON OIL SPILLAGE NATIONWIDE

The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abduallahi Gana Muhammadu, worried about the spate of wanton and incessant destruction of pipelines and other National Assets in the country, has called on all the agents of denudation to desist from all their dastard acts forthwith or be dealt with in accordance with the dictates of the Law.

NOSDRAThe CG made this assertion when the Nigeria Oil spill Detection and Rapid Response Agency (NOSDRA), paid a courtesy visit to the NSCDC National Headquarters, Abuja.

In his remarks, the Director General of NOSDRA, Sir Peter Idabor, noted, they came to the NSCDC to seek aid in the area of Vandalism Prevention and Third-Party challenges they suffer every now and then. Their activities lead to oil spillage both on Land and on water which is harmful to the environment.

The NOSDRA Boss, pointed out that NSCDC being a Grassroots Security Agency will, in their firm belief, assist to overcome these problems. Explaining that the Corps has the capacity to interact and mingle with the populace across the country, this he said will assist in early detection of oil spillage and prompt reportage which will make NOSDRA swing in to action to do the needful. Again, Idabor revealed that the Federal Government has approved the cleanup of the Niger-Delta polluted environment.

Idabor appealed for joint platform where both the Corps Personnel and NOSDRA Personnel will constantly meet to tackle this menace that has been endangering our environment, especially the Tier 3 type oil spillage which is the worst kind of spillage. He sought for collaboration on Anti-Vandalism, Joint Surveillance of Pipelines and Joint Investigation-Visit after oil spill must have occurred.

NOSDRA-2Sir Peter saluting the CG and the Corps Personnel commended the NSCDC for the good job they have and are doing in Kaduna, disclosing that nationwide people are very much aware of the giant strides of the NSCDC in the discharge of the constitutional mandate.

The Commandant General thanked the NOSDRA DG and his team for their visit, and posited that the mandate of the NSCDC enables the Corps as the core protector of Critical Infrastructure and National Assets to have under their watch Oil Pipelines, Water Pipelines, Railway lines, Communication Masts and a host of other National Assets. Register and Regulate the Private Guard Companies, respond to Disaster of both Natural and Man-made.

The Chief Executive Officer assured NOSDRA of collaboration of the NSCDC in overcoming the challenges of Oil Spillage. Maintaining his assertion, the CG directed the immediate appointment of a Desk Officer who will liaise between the two Organizations. He also agreed to the setting up of teams of NSCDC and NOSDRA who will meet from time to time to fine tune ways of combating the oil spillage menace.

Muhammadu seized the opportunity to call on vandals of all sort, that they should desist from their evil ways or face the wrath of Law, as they will be dealt with and will never be spared when apprehended.

The Leader of the Civil Defence who frowned at the degradation oil spillage has caused on our environment said, " We all should be concerned at the effect of oil spillage on our environment, as most of  the cancer related ailment most people suffer in Nigeria is due to pollution of the environment " .

The NSCDC Boss disclosed that at Arepo in 2014, 8000 jerry cans of petrol were destroyed. He then revealed that the Corps is making effort to see how seized petroleum products instead of destroying them to add to environmental pollution can be returned to the refineries.

He reiterated that the NSCDC team is poised to always work with NOSDRA to make our environment pollution free.

ACC EMMANUEL OKEH

CDPRO

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