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Gas Flaring Should Be Stopped - Senate

Eludoyin Oluwanisola

Mrs Betty Apiafi, a member of the senate representing Rivers West, has stated that gas flaring is dangerous to health and should be stopped.

She made this statement while moving a motion, titled: ‘The need to monitor the Nigerian flare commercialization programme towards ending gas flaring by 2020.’

She further stated that, according to data from the World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership 2018, Nigeria is the “6th largest gas flaring country globally and the second-largest in Africa after Algeria.”

“Section 3(1) of the Associated Gas Re-injection Act, cap A25 LFN 2004 states that no company engaged in the production of oil and gas shall after January 1, 1984, flare gas produced in association with or without the permission in writing of the Minister.

“In 2018 alone, according to data obtained from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), oil and gas industry operating in the country flared a total of 215.9 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas amounting to a revenue loss of over $197 billion,” Apiafi stated.

To this end, the Senate directed its standing committees on Petroleum (Upstream) and Gas, to monitor the implementation of the Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP).

The Red Chamber also urged the Federal Government to review and recommend upwards, penalise people for non-compliance with flare out directives, in line with the best global practice.

It also called on the government to intensify efforts to diversify from crude oil to natural gas production.