…….Bemoans Reps silence over Nembe oil spill
By Kenechukwu Obiajuru, Yenagoa
The governor of Bayelsa state, Senator Douye Diri, has described the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), as the only functional federal presence within the state capital, Yenegoa.
The governor who spoke while receiving a delegation of the House of Representative committee on Nigerian Local Content Development and Monitoring, commended the robust partnership between the state and the Simbi Wabote-led Board.
The governor expressed dissatisfaction over the silence of lawmakers in the country’s National Assembly on the recent oil spill in Santa Barbra in Nembe local government area of the state.
OML Wellhead 1, where the spill occurred on November 5, is operated by Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited. Governor Diri spoke when he received the House of Representatives Committee on Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring who visited him in Yenegoa.
The governor, a former member of the National Assembly, recounted his experience as a law maker, and charged his former colleagues to revive the vibrancy the Green Chamber was known for.
According to him, there was nowhere in the world an oil spill would last for over a month and the people’s representatives would be silent. “I like to observe that as a part of you, the vibrancy I used to see in the House appears to be extinguishing. Please, let that spirit be revived.
“I stand by what I said during the period of the oil spill. There is nowhere in the world an oil spill of such magnitude will occur and the legislators would be silent. I drew a parallel with the oil spill ten years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Here in the creeks of Bayelsa, we had a gushing oil spill for more than one full month and there was a loud silence from my own constituency, the Green Chamber. So, let us revive that vibrancy again,”
Senator Diri asserted that one does not have to be a Bayelsan to raise a motion on the spill, likening it to Boko Haram insurgency and banditry ravaging the North that every member had raised motions to see to its end.