By Gab Ejuwa
Delta State wing of the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Landlords’ Association of Nigeria, OMPALAN, has thrown its weight behind the Federal Government over its standing order to the exploratory and mining companies operating in the Niger Delta to move their headquarters to the host communities of their operations, saying, “The directive is the best move at the moment.”
The body which gave its nod through its Chairman, Dr Clement Okonjo, during its monthly meeting at Charlesville in Sapele, Delta State, said: “We are backing the Federal Government because the directive is in accordance with section 27 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act LFN 2010, which deals with the establishment of oil companies’ offices in the communities of their operation. So, the directive is the beginning of solutions to the Niger Delta crisis and the best thing to happen at the moment.”
Earlier, the National Environmental Secretary, Chief George Bucknor, remarked that there was “need for effective compliance and implementation of the various extant local and global environmental regulatory laws concerning sustainable environmental development regulatory laws, and other international treaties in which Nigeria is a signatory.
“There is need for the inclusion of international standards of sustainable development policies in the nation’s laws to achieve the desired development sustainability in the Niger Delta and the country as whole.
“The effective compliance to the provisions of the United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, Clean Development Mechanism, CDM and the Greenhouse Gas Criteria, GGC, to which the country is a signatory, was of immense benefit to achieving peace in the Niger Delta and the country at large.”