Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has lambasted oil producing companies for not conforming to international standards and best practices in their operations in the Niger Delta.
Dickson came out with this when he played host to the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Ambassador Bert Ronhaar at the Government House in Yenagoa.
The Governor said the application of double standards by multinational oil companies has contributed significantly to the impoverishment of the people of the region.
Dickson observed that the ecosystem and livelihood of the people in the Niger Delta have been negatively impacted upon as a result of oil exploration and exploitation activities over the years.
In his remarks,the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria,Ambassador Berth Ronhaar pledged his country’s readiness to partner with the Bayelsa state government by bringing in Dutch technocrats who possess the much needed technical expertise to combat the problem of flooding, erosion and other environmental challenges.
Describing Bayelsa as a state that share a lot of similarities with Netherlands, the Ambassador enjoined people of the state not to see water as an enemy, stressing that there is so much to gain from it if properly harnessed.