Oil spillage: Bayelsa inaugurates international commission on environmental degradation


The Bayelsa state government has inaugurated an International Commission of Inquiry on Environmental Degradation to combat incessant crude oil spills in the State.

The Governor Seriake Dickson inaugurated the commission entitled: “The Bayelsa State Environmental Degradation Commission of Inquiry” on Wednesday in Yenagoa.

Dickson announced that the former President of Ghana, John Kufour would be a member of the commission.

He said that the terms of the reference are to investigate environmental health and social economic, cultural and human damage causes by the oil spills.

The governor also said that other terms are to analyse the existing mechanism between the operations of oil firms and undertake a comparative analysis.

Dickson said that the Chairman of the commission is Dr. John Sentamu, Archbishop of York in UK, while other members include Prof. Engobo Emesah, the Head of Law School, University of Bradford, Prof. Roland, Holder, Public Economics, University of St. Gallen, among others.

In his response, Sentamu, the Chairman of the Commission assured the governor of critical examination on environmental degradation in the state.