Lagos moves to avert community issues associated with oil exploration

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday inaugurated a 45-member committee to address oil exploration issues, The Guardian reports.

The governor spoke in Badagry at the inauguration of the ‘state oil producing areas community relations committee.’ He lamented that oil exploration in the country had impacted negatively on the people. Ambode disclosed that the committee would among other things, interface between the host communities and the oil firms in the area.

He said that it would also coordinate a seamless implementation of the envisioned corporate social responsibility planned for the area. The committee is also expected to harmonise development issues between the host communities, government and oil firms in Badagry.

The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wale Oluwo, disclosed that similar committees would be set up in other places where onshore and offshore prospecting is currently going on in the state.