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House of Reps: FG Should Stop Licencing Explosives to Oil Companies

After an investigative hearing on the licensing and permits of explosives by chief executives of some oil servicing companies in Nigeria, the House of Representatives Committee on Mines and Steel Development has asked the Federal Government to stop the licensing of explosives to oil companies in Nigeria.

Chairman of the committee, Michael Enyom lead the charge during the hearing on Wednesday in Abuja requesting that the committee’s clerk and it’s secretariat convey the ruling to agencies for enforcement.

“The committee hearing is on general compliance of these companies to the permits, licensing and sale of explosive devices to end users in compliance to Explosives Act 2013 enacted by the apex parliament the National Assembly,” he said.

Enyom stated that it was necessary for corporations to adhere to the law on the use of explosives in the country.

He accused the AOS Orwell Ltd, Halliburton Ltd and Enver Nigeria Ltd of being in contempt with the law over their permits on sales of explosives.

“Basically the Act provides that anyone or company working or dealing with explosive should get licence or permit issued by the Ministry in charge of natural resources in the country.

“Some of the companies CEOs grilled by the House Committee however, said that they complied with the provisions of the law on the sale and usage of explosives,” Enyom stated.

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