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Delta Assembly passes Urban, Regional Planning Bill as house committee summons SOEPCO over oil spill

The Delta House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the state Urban and Regional Planning Administration Bill, following the presentation of a report by Mr Reuben Izeze, Chairman, House Committee on Urban Renewal.

Izeze said that the bill would provide control and administration for urban and regional planning, urban development, urban renewal and building activities in the State.

Moving the motion for the passage of the bill, the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Oboro Preyor, urged the house to suspend Order 12, Rules 77 and 78 of the assembly.

Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori,

The motion was supported by Mr Felix Anira, the member representing Sapele Constituency in the assembly.

Members of the house, present at the sitting, unanimously adopted the bill through a voice vote, as the Speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori, noted that its passage would promote the rapid development of the state.

“I must commend you all for recognizing the importance of this bill, as well as ensuring its speedy passage,” he said

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Environment has given the management of Sterling Oil and Energy Company Ltd. (SOEPCO) an eight-day ultimatum to defend allegations of oil spillage.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Ekpotuayerin Pullah, gave the directive, on Wednesday in Asaba, during the Committee’s meeting with representatives of the company and some stakeholders.

The stakeholders included the state’s ministries of Justice, Environment and Oil and Gas.

Pullah said the company must appear before the committee within the specified time or risk the sealing of its premises.

Apart from oil spillage, the company was also accused of indiscriminate dumping of toxic wastes in some of the communities in the state.

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The chairman noted that it was disrespectful for the company’s top management not to honour the invitation to appear before the committee.

Pullah, therefore, issued what he called the last invitation to the management to appear before it on Aug. 26.

He, therefore, requested the attention of the top management staff of the company to defend some of the allegations levelled against the company.

Mr Felix Iyah, Logistics, Oil and Gas Manager of SOEPCO, denied the allegations of oil spill and indiscriminate dumping of toxic wastes.

On his part, Mr Chika Nwose, representative of the state Ministry of Environment, faulted the company’s claim, stressing that “until this moment, there is still ongoing spillage of oil by your company.” (NAN)

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