Oil spill conference Nigeria(OSCN) cordially invites all the members of International Spill Control Organization(ISCO) to attend 6th edition of its conference holding in Abuja, Nigeria to deliberate interactively and holistically on how to solve myriads of oil spill problems that have led to severe environmental degradation with its concomitant destruction of arable land/fishing industry, marine life, and threat to life, safety and health of the people living in the oil producing areas of the Niger Delta, Nigeria.
We call on international responsive community and control organizations to assist through their participation of this conference with ideas and strategies to prevent, mitigate, clean up and restore the badly-damaged eco-system of the affected and spill vulnerable areas of Nigeria.
According to United Nations Enviromental Program (UNEP) report on Ogoni Land, a smaill fraction of the affected areas, the clean up and remediation will take between 23 - 30 years for restoration. Also reported that an average of 40 people are buried in Ogoni Land every month as a result of hydrocarbon contamination of drinking water in the area. That's a catastrophic!!!
Oil Spill conference Nigeria (OSCN) was founded by an engineer, Professor Sylvester Egwu who has deep- seated interest and passion for humanity in 2012. The discovery of oil in Nigeria came as good news for its economic reasons but the accompanying spate of oil pollution with its concomitant severe environmental degradation in subsequent years today remains a tragedy, a great problem and threats to lives and properties and environment in the oil producing communities in Nigeria. Nigeria records the highest oil spill incidents globally, an average of 900 or more spill incidents annually. The will, commitment, technology and resources to tackle the menace are not there to prevent,mitigate, clean up and restore the badly- damaged environment
The high level of environmental degradation has led to the destruction of farmlands,fishing industry, biodiversity depletion and greater human health threats and hazards in oil communities. Crude oil is toxic and can cause cancer of various forms, skin rashes and leukaemia in children .
OSCN was created to address these environmental issues and challenges and has become a great forum for the public, stakeholders in oil and gas industry, both international and local response community and government to meet and rub minds together on ways to stem the spate spills in Nigeria . Its maiden edition was held in Calabar, Cross Rivers. It was held two times in Accra, Ghana in 2013 a d 2014 respectively. It was held in Nigeria in 2015 and 2016 in Lagos Nigeria. The 2015 edition ended remarkably well with a communique "STOP ALL OIL SPILLS NOW".As if the government listened to us , it flagged off Ogoniland clean up in 2015.That's a great achievement for OSCN. OSCN is accredited by the Department of Petroleum Resources(DPR) of the Federal government of Nigeria and International Spill Control Organization (ISCO).
To discuss oil pollution holistically, its effects, degradation of the environment and how to restore the damaged areas and compensate victims of the spills in Nigeria.
To promote and enhance United Nations Millennium Development Goal for environmental sustainability.
To expose the participants and stakeholders in the oil industry to the need for all concerned and the government to reposition the oil companies in achieving their corporate social responsibilities of ensuring adequate protection and safety of the people in the communities where they operate.
Specifically, the conference is designed to sensitize the public on the evil side of the "big oil" in the environment and how to control and manage it.
To empower the participants with expanded knowledge in oil spill effects, clean up, remediation / restoration and enhance capacity building in compensation management.
To propagate oil spill information flow in the Oil and Gas industry.
To enhance security, health and safety of lives and properties.
To promote environmental education.