Reps back FG to end gas flaring

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The House of Representatives has moved in support of government’s determination to end gas flaring in Nigeria.

Speaking on Monday during a joint public hearing by relevant committees of the House, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the 9th House was ready to change the narratives about gas flaring.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Silva at the hearing also reiterated the commitment of Nigeria to ending the menace, while speaking at the event, organized by the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Gas Resources, Environment and Climate Change.

In attendance were the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abubakar represented by a Director, Mr. Abbas Suleiman; the Group Managing Director, GMD of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mele Kyari and other critical stakeholders in the petroleum sector of the country’s economy.

Silva said: “The issue of gas flaring is something that the Ministry take very seriously. There is a global consensus on the elimination of gas flaring by 2025. Today, we have reduced the issue of gass flaring to a minimum 8 percent.

“We believe, with all the programmes lined up, that we are on course to achieve complete elimination of gas flaring by 2025. We take the issue of gas flaring in the ministry very seriously.”

Declaring the the event open earlier, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said that though there had been many unfruitful conversations about achieving the objective, the 9th House was commited to changing the narratives.

“Last year, the House of Representatives heard and debated a motion on the “Need To End Gas Flaring In Nigeria And Harness Associated Gas Resources”.

“We have gathered here today to fulfil the resolutions reached that day, including the charge to investigate the level of devastation caused by gas flaring and the level of regulatory compliance by multinationals in the Petroleum upstream sector”, he said.

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