15 October 2011
It, however, solicited the support of the European Union to prevail on multinational oil firms operating in the region to comply with global best practices.
Special Adviser to the Nigerian President and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon Kingsley Kuku, made the appeal at the EU Parliament in
, during a meeting with the Development Committee. Brussels, Belgium
He said: “Every oil multinational in the Niger Delta flares gas. In some communities, the site is close to the homes of the people. When they talk, the military and the police are there. These things must stop. President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to stopping such practices and that is why he is tasking the people who understand these problems to solve them.
“I’m using this opportunity to appeal to the leadership and members of the European Parliament (as well as) your committees concerned with issues of underdevelopment in sub-Sahara African and in particular Niger Delta, to bring to the fore the unhealthy practices of the oil and gas industry in the region.”
Kuku commended the facilitator of his visit and president of Rotterdam-based Hope for Niger Delta Campaign (HNDC), Comrade Sunny Ofehe, for his commitment to issues on the Niger Delta and the environment, urging him to remain undeterred.