Denmark increases support for Nigeria’s oil spill management

Denmark is set to increase its support for the management of oil spills in Nigeria.

The Managing Director of DESMI Africa Ltd, Mr Leslie Andrews, who made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Monday, added that his organisation would increase partnerships with its Nigerian Partners, Samdus Oil and Gas and Axflo Oil and Gas, in oil spills management.

“DESMI designs and manufactures an extensive range of systems to recover oil and chemicals from the marine and inland environment, including industrial applications.

“We have been operating in Nigeria for the past eight years. We now want to transfer money, technology, expertise and skills to our Nigerian Partners, Samdus Oil and Gas and Axflo Oil and Gas.

“We really want more Nigerians to know of the consequences of pollution to Nigeria’s water and aquatic life.

“We are currently saying to Nigerian industries, independent oil companies that locally, there are companies to build their capacities for effective management of their oil spills,’’ he said.

Dr Donald Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Axflo Oil and Gas, said that the initiative was meant to build capacities of Nigerians in responding to oil spills challenges.

Brown said that there had been a wide gap in the efficient management of oil spills in Nigeria’s offshore oil spills.

“DESMI has noticed a wide gap in Nigeria’s offshore oil spills response solutions over these years.

“And up till when DESMI took this initiative, Nigeria did not have a strong company working in area of offshore oil spills response solutions.

“It is for this reason that the Danish Government and DESMI are to partner with us in providing offshore responses to Nigerian oil companies and organisations.

“DESMI is ready to build capacities of stakeholders in Nigerian oil companies and the sector, so that Nigeria would not have to invite experts from abroad,’’ he said.

Another DESMI Partner in Nigeria, Mr Hycinth Elueme, Chief Executive Officer, Samdus Oil and Gas, said that the initiative was meant to further Nigeria and Denmark’s relations.

Elueme also expressed optimism that DESMI’s transfer of technology, expertise and skills to local companies would create more employment for Nigerians.

“This initiative is actually about not paying lip-service to the transfer of technology, expertise and skills to Nigeria. This is not paying lip-service to domiciling businesses in Nigeria.

“This initiative would provide employment opportunities for Nigerians, instead of having to invite foreigners to come and manage issues of oil spills in Nigeria’s offshore,’’ he added.

DESMI is a global company specialised in the development and manufacture of pump solutions for marine, industry, oil spill  combating, defence, fuel and utilities, both locally and globally.

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