The Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice has urged the federal government to relocate the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to the Niger Delta region, Leadership reports.
The group said NOSDRA has failed in her responsibility of monitoring oil spill incidents and clean-up and remediation activities because of their skeletal services at the zonal level. Addressing journalists in Abuja, the national coordinator of the group, Comrade Sheriff Mulade said the Abuja office of NOSDRA is far from the people and scenes of oil spill incidents.
He said communities in the Niger Delta rarely get justice when their rights are infringed upon whereas environmental rights offenders are never punished because the rural people can’t travel to Abuja to lodge their complaints. He also said the fact that NOSDRA depends on logistics from the multinational oil companies for Joint Investigation Visits to spill sites increases third party interference.