The Evangelist News edition, March 20, 2023. By Arodiegwu Eziukwu
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Mr Idris Musa as Director-General of the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) following sterling performænce in the past four years.
The development was announced in a statement issued on Tuesday by Olusegun Shogbola, Media Aide to Minister of Environment Mohammed Abdullahi on behalf of the Minister.
According to the statement the reappointment takes effect from April 1, 2023.
Musa was first appointed on April 1, 2019 for an initial tenure of four years.
The Minister noted that Musa’s reappointment for a second term is as a result of significant achievements recorded by NOSDRA under the Director-General’s watch in the last four years.
“Prominent amongst these were the digitalisation of the agency’s records, review of various forms for oil spills management processes, review of environmental sensitivity index map.
“The map is used for use in the oil producing areas to protect the vulnerable, sensitive and fragile ecosystem of the Niger Delta region.
“He also carried out many awareness campaigns on the dangers of vandalism of oil facilities.
‘Musa also revolutionised online and realtime processing of environmental compliance documents and management as well as the National Gas Flare Tracker and Oil Spill Monitor.
“These are part of efforts to showcase transparency in environmental management in the oil and gas industry,” the statement read in part.
According to the statement, NOSDRA has commenced process for the tracking of methane, a greenhouse gas that raises the earth’s temperature and distorts the climate systems across oil producing communities in Nigeria.