The Director General of the agency, Mister Peter Idabor, told journalists in Abuja that when passed, the new NOSDRA law would chart a course for corporate responsibility in the Niger Delta region.
The chairman of the NOSDRA Governing Board, Mister Lancelot Anyanya, said that there was a need to redefine contacts in the industry by eliminating all adverse operations through strong legislative framework.
It has been widely pointed out that the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA lacks strong legislative framework to allow its enforcement of laws on oil spill and remedial exercises in the country.
With the yet to be addressed oil spillage in the Niger Delta region, and the inadequate compensation by the oil companies being among the reasons for restiveness in the Niger Delta region, the chairman of NOSDRA governing board warned that the agency would no longer tolerate degradation of the environment by oil companies.
The agency is also planning to mobilize oil producing communities to join in the monitoring and reportage of spillage for speedy checks and sanctions. NOSDRA has set up a web based platform for the purpose and would move on to the use of mobile phone in the near future.