The Delta State House of Assembly has promised to step up efforts towards making multi national oil companies operating in the state to live up to their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in their areas of operations.
The Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas, Hon Pullah Ekpotuayerin who made the promise at the maiden sitting of the committee in Asaba, said most of the companies were lacking in that regards.
Hon Ekpotuayerin who represents Burutu One Constituency in the House, said his Committee was irrevocably committed at ensuring conducive working environment for oil companies doing business in Delta State.
Flanked by three other members of the Committee including, Hon Fred Martins, Ferguson Onwo and Felix Anirah, the Lawmaker identified breach of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between oil companies and their host communities as one major factor to crisis.
Hon Ekpotuayerin stressed that both parties must learn to respect agreements reached and must be committed to promoting peace and development at all times.
He commended the efforts of the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa towards peace and security across the state and promised to mobilize support for peace and stability in oil producing communities across the state.
Hon Ekpotuayerin said the Committee will pay adequate attention to its oversight functions to enhance productivity in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies under it.
The Lawmaker disclosed that Environmental Sanitation, Waste Management, Oil Pollution, Climate Change, Effluent Discharge, among others will receive the attention of the Committee.
Hon Pullah Ekpotuayerin appealed to members to be up and doing to achieving appreciable success.
In their comments, Hon Ferguson Onwo and Felix Anirah, stressed the need for effective collaboration between the Committee and relevant stakeholders towards achieving greater peace and development in the state.