- A federal lawmaker, Farah Dagogo, has decried the move to cancel N4.5 billion model school project in Bonny Islan
- The lawmaker said there seems to be no justification for the move by the gas company
- According to Dagogo, the N4.5 billion school project means nothing to NLNG compared to the hazards created in Bonny Island
A member of the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo, on Wednesday, December 23, queried the move by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to cancel the N4.5 billion model school project in Bonny Island, Rivers state.
Dagogo, the lawmaker representing Degema/Bonny federal constituency said there is no justification by the gas company to cancel the already planned project.
In a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by Ibrahim Lawal, the special assistant on media to Dagogo, he said the tripartite agreement reached between NLNG, the Rivers state government, and Tianjin Energy Resources Limited is also threatened and may be breached.
Recall that the NLNG had signed an agreement guaranteeing to fund estimated at N4.5 billion model school project in Bonny Island area of Rivers state.
Bonny Island is home to NLNG’s train operations which has a nameplate capacity producing millions of tons of liquefied natural gas per annum that is shipped to buyers in markets across the world.
However, in the statement, the lawmaker said that the fate of the school is now in the balance due to the resolution and approval of the NLNG's third-quarter meeting of this year.
He said that the board of NLNG had resolved that there would be a discontinuation of the Bonny Model School.
Describing the incident as another manifestation of a 'perpetual slavery attitude,' Dagogo expressed dismay with the disposition of NLNG to the people of Bonny and the Niger Delta region at large.
He said he wonders what N4.5billion means to NLNG compared to the exploitation, exploration, degradation, and the gas being flared in that area with its attendant hazard health implications.
"It is disheartening and painful that all NLNG, and other major players in the oil sectors, are interested in is to reel out big profits and margins while the people in their areas of operations are made to bear the brunt of their hazardous mode of operations."
"For several decades, they have caused more harms than good to the people. Their claims of joining the rest of the world to achieve cleaner energy that will protect the planet are all hogwash and hollow designed to play on our intelligence as their actions have proven that they are working on the contrary."
Decrying the fact that the people in the oil-producing areas are always at the receiving end, exposed to several health hazards among other risks, Dagogo said the environment has been totally debased with the future at very grave risk.
"And when they make effort to give back a very minute, very little, of what they have plough they make a big deal of it. That perpetual slavery attitude manifest."
He, however, said efforts are on to safeguard the future of the people through legislative applications.
He added that oil exploration, gas flaring, and other environmental hazards are having their effects on not only the people but on the environment as well.
"The earth is sagging due to enormous pressure and we have to secure the future beginning from now. Already I have a bill to that effect that has been transmitted to the leadership of the House. This bill titled Niger Delta Natural Disaster Reserved Fund Bill, 2020, hopefully, and with the support of my colleagues, will address some of those concerns."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that in July, Dagogo had decried the gold mining initiative of the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMDI).
The lawmaker said PAGMDI is a semantics for resource control, designed to favour a particular part of the country.
In other news, the lawmaker also declared that Nigeria's electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) does not need a constitutional amendment for delimitation of constituencies in the country.
The lawmaker said some sections of the Electoral Act must be amended to ensure a quality electoral process in Nigeria.
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