The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, recently convened in Abuja a preparatory meeting for the 2013 National Oil Spill Contingency Plan, NOSCP, and Activation Exercise scheduled to hold by the end of November.
In his opening remark at the event, the Director- General/ Chief Executive of NOSDRA, Sir Peter Idabor, noted that NOSCP, which is the blueprint for the management of all oil Spills in the Nigerian environment, particularly Tier 3 level incidents, would establish roles of key government ministries, departments and agencies, as well as test national capacity and capability during major oil spill incident.
Spokesman of the organisation, Mr. Henshaw Ogubike stated in a statement that the DG/CE further explained that the blueprint integrated the three tiers of oil spill response contingency plans, thereby providing the necessary organizational structure, command and control, communication network and information service to ensure that government can be fully informed of any spill occurrence, monitor the spill response and intervene when required in order to save the threatened environment.
He recalled that the timely activation of NOSCP in 2011 was of immense importance as the knowledge and expertise gained from the exercise helped in no small measure in combating the Bonga oil spill incident of the same year. Sir Idabor stressed that it was pertinent to conduct periodic exercises in order to validate the functionality and operationality of the plan, considering that disasters are unpredictable.
While calling on all stakeholders to consider it a national duty to cooperate with NOSDRA in strengthening national capacity for oil spill response, the DG/CE expressed optimism that with such teamwork the upcoming NOSCP activation exercise would be successful.
Information from National Mirror was used in this report.