OrderPaperToday – The Federal Government has said gas flaring in the country has been reduced to a minimum 8% and that the country is committed to ending the practice by 2025.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, made this known a public hearing organized by the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Gas Resources, Environment and Climate Change, on Monday in Abuja.
Noting that the international community has committed that by 2025 gas flaring would be eliminated, the minister said the country is committed to be part of the global train.
“The issue of gas flaring is something that the ministry takes 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 percent.
“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,” he told the gathering.
Speaking earlier, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed that inputs of stakeholders at the hearing would go a long way in ensuring that the menace of gas flaring was resolved in favour of effective utilisation of gas resources in the country.
According to the speaker, “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.
On his part, the chairman of the committee on gas resources, Mr. Nicholas Mutu (PDP, Delta) said “this public hearing provides us another opportunity to examine the problem frankly, openly, and come up with comprehensive, integrated proposals to cure the gas flaring in Nigeria.
“With such expectation in our minds, this gathering would do well to give attention also to a review of Nigeria’s energy policy, because such policy would have vast and valid implications for the uses to which flare gas could be put, instead. It would not be sufficient to frame a timeline for zero tolerance of gas flare. It is equally important to consider programmes and projects for the harvested associated gas (AG).
“This necessarily entails the consideration of a host of issues in the gas value chain, from exploration, development, infrastructure to off-takers and end-users. The goal is to boost our economy, create jobs for our youths, develop local content in the industry, and for government too to have additional revenue”.
The hearing attracted the presence of 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 critical stakeholders in the petroleum sector of the country’s economy.
The senate is also considering a bill on gas flaring.