Agencies indict Agip for toxic waste dump
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) have indicted the Nigeria Agip Oil Company over alleged toxic waste dumped in some communities in Delta State on June 10, last year.
The toxic waste was allegedly dumped in Ndokwa East Local Government Area by a waste management company, Allman Global Services, which was under Agip’s employment.
The DPR, in its submission presented to the Uche Ekwunife-led House of Representatives’ Committee on Environment yesterday by a Deputy Director, A.A Balogun, , recommended that Agip should “clean up and remediate the impacted sites accordingly and with immediate effect”.
The resumed investigative hearing was on the alleged dumping of 469 tonnes of toxic waste by Agip on Agbor Road in Ndokwa East Local Government Area.
DPR also said Agip should forward to it the details of the contractor to enable it take appropriate sanctions, including charging the contractor to court.
NOSDRA said the allegation of waste dumping has been confirmed.
“There were conspicuous signs of indiscriminate dumping of materials suspected to be drilling wastes in various locations at Obikwele, Umueleke- Ossissa, Ola- Ossissa, Isheagu and Oloh- Ogwashi in Delta State,” DPR said.
It added: “The DPR views the above pieces of circumstantial evidence as strong enough to make Agip and Allman Global Services liable for the dumped wastes.
“The firms have violated DPR regulations. Consequently, the DPR is considering appropriate sanctions to impose on Agip and Allman Global Services Limited.”
NAOC’s lawyer Chidozie Okafor said: “Investigations are still on to assess the activities of other companies in the area.
“My company cannot be accused of dumping the toxic waste as there are five other oil companies in the region.”
But NOSDRA’s representative Musa Idris said evidence showed that Agip was responsible for the dumping.
Mrs. Ekwunife said the committee would go back with its submissions to the House, adding: “It is clear, clean and open that we have enough evidence to conclude this investigation.”
According to her, the Delta State Commissioner for Environment, NOSDRA, DPR, and the communities have all made submissions and that the committee’s recommendations would be on the presentations.
She said the people are suffering because of exposure to the toxic waste.
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