By Austin Johnson
The Ecuador government through it Ambassador in Nigeria, HE Leopoldo Rovayo, met with the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Sir Peter Idabor on ways to partner in early detection of oil spillage in the Niger Delta region.
During the visit, the Ambassador commenced by saying, ‘I’m thrilled to be here and I equally convey warm greeting from Ecuadorian people’.
He further says that the Director General of NOSDRA was doing an extraordinary job for preparedness, detection, and response to oil spillage in Nigeria and that his country will continue to maintain their relationship with Nigeria people owing to the fact that Nigeria was there for Ecuador in 1985 when their pipeline had problem.
‘As Oil producing countries of OPEC, Ecuador and Nigeria both face the challenge of Oil spillage and as such there is need to brain storm, work together and find practical solution to the problem, for sure we will share the knowledge that we had developed detecting the effects of hydrocarbons pollution using satellite images; our scientist Paul Arellano from Yachay University is working on it’ Ambassador said.
Responding to Ambassador’s address, Sir Peter Idabor said he also extol Ecuador for its active engagement with the peoples of Nigeria and commended him for the inauguration of Press Centre at the Embassy and the strong interest to collaborate with the government in the detection of Oil spillage in the Niger-Delta region.