The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reiterated its dedication to ending gas flaring in the country.
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru made this known at an event to commemorate the World Environment (WED) Day 2019 in Abuja on Tuesday, according to a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu.
Baru, who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Ventures, Dr. Babatunde Adeniran, highlighted the steps the corporation has put in place to reduce the effect of oil and gas exploration activities on the environment.
While speaking along the theme of this year’s WED theme, “Air Pollution”, Baru stressed that air pollution was a major issue in today’s industrial world that needed all hands to be on deck to tackle.
He said, “As a corporate organisation, NNPC is determined to reducing harmful emissions that can impact air quality and the well-being of God’s creatures in all aspects of our operations.
“We are committed to finding ways to fully commercialise our natural gas resources to eliminate gas flare in all existing future gas projects.”
He added that the move is in view to bequeathing a pollution-free environment to future generations of Nigerians.
In his welcome address, the General Manager, Group Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (GHSEQ) Department, Mr. Hussaini Ali, said it was the responsibility of every Nigerian to contribute in their own way to a safe environment.
Former Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Mr. Goni Ahmed, who was also at the event, applauded the efforts of the NNPC in ending gas flare in Nigeria.
It will be recalled that Nigeria has leapfrogged to number two in the global gas flare rating, from its earlier position of seven.