By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN â€” EDO State House of Assembly has called on the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to take urgent steps to stop oil spillage from its production pipelines at Urhokhousa Nâ€™ Owa and Okhakhuomwan communities both in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area of the state.
The directive from the Edo State legislature to the NNPC was sequel to a Consequential Motion by the member representing the area, Mr. Uwamose Amadasun, who drew the attention of his colleagues to the oil spills in both communities, which occurred last Sunday.
Spill, a source of hardship
He said that the disaster has brought untold hardship on the people in the affected communities as the stream, which served as their only source of water supply had been polluted.
He urged the House to join him in appealing to the relevant authorities to come to the rescue of the people in the affected communities.
Contributing to the debate on the motion, the Majority Leader of the legislature, Mr. Philip Shaibu, lamented that the oil spills had adversely affected the communities and their means of livelihoods as they were mainly farmers and fishermen.
He called on the NNPC and other multinational oil companies to always carry out regular maintenance on their pipelines, urging the House to set up a committee to investigate the oil spills and ensure that compensations were paid to the victims.
Deputy Speaker of the House, Mr. Paul Ohonbamun, who presided over yesterdayâ€™s sitting, observed that the social contract to protect the lives and property of the Edo people had been breached.
Committee set up to look into causes of spill
He announced that the House had set up a three- man Ad-hoc committee to look into the remote and immediate causes of the oil spills and to also advise on how future re-occurrences could be averted. The committee was given one month to report back to the House. The three-man Ad-hoc committee is headed by Mr. Etinosa Ogbeiwi with Messers Peter Liu and Jude Ise-Idehen as members.