Environmental Right Group urges the Federal Government to give Gas to Oil-Producing Communities for free

We make this bid to the Federal Government to consider giving gas to the communities for free to be able to power industrialization


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Environmental Right Group urges the Federal Government to give Gas to Oil-Producing Communities for free


 

We make this bid to the Federal Government to consider giving gas to the communities for free to be able to power industrialization and make them live comfortably, We decry the situation where communities are in abject darkness 50 years after oil exploration, while the gas that is being used to power city centers, hundreds of km away is from the communities.

 

Hence, as part of our sustainability and environmental policy, we are advocating for government to consider gas utilization by local communities under the National Gas Expansion Master plan (NGEP).

 

Eco Restoration Foundation advocates for free gas for local communities instead of wasting it they should give the gas to local communities because we disapprove the situation where the total community is in darkness. For example, gas from the oil communities has found its way through the Excavos Lagos gas pipeline and its powering industries, how much more the host communities hence, we are using old laws that make it cheaper for companies to flare gas than to utilize gas and then to the negative impact of gas flaring and oil spill is being felt every day.

 

Ecosystem services are being destroyed by these activities, and the ecosystem services themselves are the things that support indigent members to oil producing communities. Spillage will destroy the soil making farming difficult, destroy the rivers as well they can't fish.

 

A gas flaring will pollute the air they breathe causing respiratory diseases and untimely death. When this irresponsible oil production practices destroys the ecosystem services, it digs the Niger Delta region into irretrievable poverty.

 

 

 

By Adewale Busolami – Program Officer, Eco Restoration Foundation



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