At a public hearing on “Need to End Gas Flaring in Nigeria and Harness Associated Gas” in Nigeria organized by the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Gas Resources, Environment and Climate Change, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, disclosed plans of the Nigerian Government to completely eradicate gas flaring by the year 2025.
The Minister, Chief Timipre Silva during the hearing 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 gas flaring to a minimum 8 per cent.
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.”
Prominent persons present at the hearing 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 stakeholders in the petroleum sector.
Opening up the hearing, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, said that the 9th House was very dedicated to changing the situation of things regarding gas flaring in the country, irrespective of previous failures. In his words;
“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.
The conversation about gas flaring in Nigeria has been going on for a long time. Unfortunately, those conversations have not yielded the desired results. We have not managed to end the environmental damage that results from gas flaring, and we are still deprived of the economic benefits of full utilisation of gas resources in our country.
In this 9th House of Representatives, we intend to do everything we can to change this narrative. We will convene stakeholders to deliberate and resolve the policy disagreements and other issues that have mitigated against the effective utilisation of gas resources.
Following that, we will take legislative action through bills and oversight to achieve the ambitions we hold in this regard.”