Oil spill agency seeks UNDP support

Oil-spill

The NOSDRA acknowledged earlier support provided by the oil spill agency.

 

The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, said on Friday in Abuja that continuous support from the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, would make it more efficient in oil spill management in the country.

The Director-General of NOSDRA, Peter Idabor, said this on Thursday when the Deputy-Country Representative of the UNDP in Nigeria, Jan Thomas Hiemstra, visited him in his office in Abuja.

Mr. Idabor acknowledged the support the UNDP rendered to his agency in the past, particularly the assistance in the development of its regulations, and strengthening of its policy framework for oil spill management under the programme’s Control Programme Action Plan, CPAP, he said more partnership was required.

The Director-General of the oil spill agency, who acknowledged previous support, called on the UNDP to support his agency in areas such as human capacity building; National Stakeholders’ Workshop for the Review and Validation of the National Dispersant Use policy for Nigeria slated to hold in December; Technical Guidance for the preparation and implementation of Spill Prevention; Control and Counter-measures Plan (SPCCP); and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the agency’s laboratories.

The UNDP representative noted that the willingness of his organization to collaborate with NOSDRA was informed by its unrelenting commitment to ensure environmental sustainability and good environmental governance in the country. While stating that oil pollution was one of the development challenges facing Nigeria, Mr. Hiemstra disclosed that the UNDP’s strategic cooperation with NOSDRA was aimed at ensuring a zero-tolerance for pollution in the country’s oil and gas industry.

He assured that the United Nations body would assist the agency in capacity development of its staff, as well as development of policies and programmes geared towards ensuring environmental sustainability in the oil and gas sector.