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Okowa calls for measures to check gas flaring

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DELTA State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has urged the Federal Government to put stringent measures in place to discourage gas flaring. He stated that the call was necessary as such moves will create job opportunities and curb environmental hazards arising from gas flaring.

Governor Okowa made the call in Asaba when participants of Course 41 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, led by Major-General Felix Edafioghor paid him a courtesy visit.  According to the governor, “if you go to where gas is flared, which is still very common, you will understand why we need to be more serious about taking decisions as to stop the flaring.”

“Stopping gas flaring will be so much better for our people, because, the flared gas in itself has already destroyed the environment, not just the natural habitat in terms of farming, it has also polluted very badly the air that we breathe and only God knows the level of damage that it has caused.

We believe that the laws must be implemented in such a manner that gas flaring is not just tied up to fines because, as long as gas flaring is tied up to fines and the oil companies begin to realise that it may be cheaper or easier to pay the fines than to stop the flare of gas, then, we obviously are not discouraging them,” he stated.

Earlier, Major-General Edafighor had told the governor and members of the state executive council that the team was in the state for an environmental study tour as part of the fulfillment of their training programme.

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