Social Action pays advocacy visit to National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) as part of it’s effort to secure the support and collaboration of the Agency in a series of activities aimed at raising awareness and increasing the capacity of community members and concerned non-governmental organizations (CSOs) working on and monitoring oil spills. NOSDRA is expected to bring their years of experience to bear in teaching selected representatives of the communities, particularly the youth and women, on oil spill detection and prevention measures prior to the intervention of appropriate government authorities.
Mr. Ukpenevi Solomon, who was representing the Zonal Head, welcomed the representatives of Social Action and rendered an apolopy on behalf of the Zonal Head, who had to leave town on short notice to attend to other pressing matters. As part of their appreciation for the visit and the intention of Social Action, Mr. Ikechukwu Odiwlisaeme, from the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), pledged their support on behalf of the Zonal Head and the Agency to support the course in order to ensure a safe environment for the social and economic well-being of the people. Mr Augustine Bello recalled similar partnerships between the agency and Social Action in the past and assured that the cordial relationship that currently exists between the two organizations will be maintained for the benefit of the Niger Delta people and Nigerians at large.
Modalities were then discussed on the organisation of the capacity building workshop in Port Harcourt and the townhall meeting to deliberate on the progress so far made by HYPREP on the Ogoni cleanup, scheduled for Bori.
Green Isaac, the Program Officer, Peter Mazzi, the Communications Manager, and Peace Agbo, the Communications Officer, all of Social Action, were on hand to represent the organization.