Worried by the environmental impact and degradations going on in oil producing communities, Some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Initiative for Community Development (ICD) and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) on Friday warned against the high level of gas flaring in communities in Nigeria.
Speaking during a one day dialogue project tagged “Accountability for Gas Flared and Green Energy Advocacy (AGFACEA)”, organized by Initiative for Community Development (ICD) with support from nine other cluster members on the Advocacy for Gas Flare Accountability in Nigeria cluster, Nwankwo called for a holistic campaign against gas flaring in oil producing communities.
Expressing worry about the devastating impact of gas flared in communities across the country, Facilitator, ANPEZ Center for Environment and Development, Mr. Everest Nwankwo said Nigeria is a major gas flarer noting that there is a heightened concern in oil producing communities particularly on the issue of gas flaring and pollution.
Nwankwo in an overview of the AGFACEA Project said the goals set out to achieve in the project include, improved transparency and accountability in flared/vented gas volumes and payments for flared gas in Nigeria as well as increase LPG to 5,000,000 MT by 2023 among others.
Earlier, Executive Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Chima Williams said the dialogue focuses on issues of gas flaring penalties, green gas emissions and Nigeria’s National Determined Contribution commitments.
Williams said the bedrock for the advocacy and campaign to end gas flaring in Nigeria has led to lots of policy and legislative works towards either ending outrightly gas flaring or making it a national income earner for Nigeria.
He said that efforts should be put in place to “review the issue of gas flaring, her negative environmental footprints, health impact consequences and economic losses as well as any advantages or potential opportunities in appropriate harnessing of the gas flared.”