The House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the federal government, through the Federal Department of Petroleum Resources, to investigate the cause of the explosion on the floating production storage and offloading vessel, called ‘Trinity Spirit,” in Delta State to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

The Chamber also urged the government to “urgently mitigate the effects of the blast on the affected communities by undertaking a clean-up of polluted waters and coastlines, as well as providing relief materials and paying adequate compensation to those affected.” people affected by the oil spill”. .”

Lawmakers instructed the House Committee on Petroleum Resources (upstream) to conduct an on-site assessment of the area of ​​the incident and make recommendations to avoid a repeat and report back within four weeks for further new legislative measures.

The resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion put forward by Julius Pondi, titled “Crude Oil Vessel Explosion in the Escravos Estuary in Delta State”.

According to the lawmaker, the incident raised fears that the ship’s crew members died in the fire that engulfed the ship after the explosion.

He noted that the vessel was the main production facility for OML 108 in Nigeria’s Ukpokiti offshore oil field in the Niger Delta, with a processing capacity of up to 22,000 barrels of crude oil per day, with a storage capacity of 2 million barrels.

Pondi said: “The Chamber is concerned that the explosion of the ship, which had 50,000 barrels of oil in storage when it exploded, had a negative impact on the country’s economy and could take a long time to recover. .

“The Housed is also concerned about the environmental impact the explosion has had on the immediate and surrounding coastal communities, such as water pollution, the death of aquatic animals and the dispersal of surviving fish, along with the economic hardship resulting from this for people who are primarily seafood farmers.

“The House commends the assistance provided by the Chevron team operating in the Escravos Estuary, Clean Nigeria Associates, community actors and local fishermen who responded quickly to save the burning vessel. The House is aware of the need to urgently provide relief materials to affected communities.

Also on Wednesday, the House observed a minute’s silence for victims who lost their lives in tank farm fires across Nigeria, urging the federal government to establish fire stations in communities hosting tank farms. Across the country.

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