The Chairman of Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Onengiyeofori George says his administration has zero-tolerance for illegal oil refining activities in the area, adding that he will intensify efforts to totally stamp out the activities of oil bunkering particularly in Kieni-Ama Community in ASALGA.
The ASALGA Council Boss, Hon. Onengiyeofori George said this when the House Committee on Environment paid him a courtesy call at the Council Secretariat in Buguma as part of their oversight function.
The Council Boss, who commended Governor Wike for declaring war on artisanal oil refining, said his administration has already constituted a committee to tackle the issue in the LGA.
Continuing, he outlined the successes of the Asari-Toru Special Taskforce on Illegal Oil Bunkering and drew the attention of the House Committee on Environment to the obvious challenges his administration has faced in its fight to stamp out trucking activities in Kieni-Ama Community.
Hon. George who spoke further assured the House Committee on Environment that his administration would continue to assist in making the job of the Special Taskforce on Illegal Oil Bunkering easier through the provision of logistics, emphasizing that with a collaboration from the Security Agencies, more milestones will be achieved in this fight to salvage our Environment.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Environment, Hon. Dumle Malou, said the aim of the visit was primarily to enlighten the Council on the dangers of illegal oil refining activities and to ascertain the efforts of the Council to curb them.
As part of activities marking their oversight function, the Chairman and members of the Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Environment were accompanied by the ASALGA Council Boss and members of his cabinet on a fact-finding inspection tour at the abandoned trucking site in Kieni-Ama Community.