The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) at the weekend activated the 2013 National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) for the Nigeria’s multi-billion dollars oil and gas industry.
The plan is designed to ensure the preparedness of the oil industry to respond to oil spills in the country.
Chairman of the Governing board of NOSDRA, Maj. Lancelot Anyanya (rtd), led the 48-hour drill.
“We are here to participate, to learn and to see how the agency does in a very important assignment for the well-being of our nation, public safety, public security, well-being of our communities who bear the brunt of oil exploration and exploitation,” a statement by the agency quoted him to have said.
He told newsmen in Port Harcourt during the activation that the exercise was part of the agency’s mandate.
“It is an exciting drill that is pursuant to the mandate of the agency to activate national oil spill contingency plan, when and where it might be required.’’
Anyanya said that the drill was an exercise based on a scenario to prepare for any oil spill emergency.
He said that the exercise when perfected would assist in responding promptly to any emergency occurrence.
The chairman said that President Goodluck Jonathan was deeply committed to reversing the trend of many years, where it seemed as if government did not care about the environment.
“And that is why he put together the governing board and that board is working together with the management to achieve the mandate.
“This is a further demonstration of the proactive disposition of the Jonathan government that all ministries and departments of government are encouraged to be proactive, particularly when it comes to critical issues like the oil environment.’’
He said that after the exercise, if there would be any need to inject new equipment for effective response, it would be done by all the stakeholders.
The NOSDRA Director-General, Idabor Peter, said the exercise was in collaboration with Shell in Nigeria, adding that the essence of the drill was to also x-ray the effectiveness of collaboration by stakeholders.