The Bayelsa State Government has inaugurated International Commission of Inquiry on Environmental Degradation to combat incessant crude oil spills in the state.
Gov. Seriake Dickson inaugurated the commission entitled: “The Bayelsa State Environmental Degradation Commission of Inquiry” on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 in Yenagoa, the state capital.
Dickson announced that the former President of Ghana, John Kufour, would be a member of the commission.
He said that the terms of the reference were to investigate environmental health and social economic, cultural and human damage caused by oil spill.
The governor said that other terms were to analyse the existing mechanism between the operations of oil firms and undertake a comparative analysis.
“Others are to determine appropriate measures to hold defaulting parties responsible and accountable for the activities of environmental degradation.
“To invite evidence from the international oil companies within Bayelsa through evidence session,” he said.
Dickson said that the Chairman of the commission is Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York in UK, while other members include Prof. Engobo Emesah, the Head of Law School, University of Bradford; and Prof. Roland, Holder, Public Economics, University of St. Gallen, among others.
In his response, Sentamu, the Chairman of the Commission, assured the governor of critical examination on environmental degradation in the state.
“We are to assess and gather the impact of oil spill in the Niger Delta and activities of multinational oil companies,” he said.
By Christian Ogbonna