Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Reps Seek Establishment of Earthquake, Tsunami Monitoring Stations

The House of Representatives on Wednesday mandated its Committees on Environment and Emergency preparedness to liase with the Federal Ministry of Environment to facilitate the establishment of earthquake and tsunami monitoring stations.

The committee is expected to report back to the House within four weeks.

This resolution emanated from a motion moved by Rep. Akpan Umoh (PDP-Akwa Ibom), which was adopted without debate.

According to him, any undetected tsunami or earthquake with its attendant destruction on oil installations would crumble the economy as the country's economy depended mainly on petroleum activities.

He said the climate change that led to recent unprecedented flood in the country was a pointer to the fact that Nigeria, as a nation must be proactive in disaster and emergency preparedness.

Umoh said that seismic monitoring devices for early warning signals had already been installed in Cameroon sequel to the explosion of Lake Nyos in 1984 and 1986.

He said that Nigeria was involved in extractive industry, especially onshore/offshore and deep sea oil drilling, as well as indiscriminate water bore-hole drilling.

The legislator said that the motion was essentially about disaster prevention.

- NAN

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