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NACGOND

NACGOND

Our Vision

NACGOND envisions a Niger Delta that is free from Environmental degradation.

 

Our Mission

Promoting environmental sustainability and livelihood security through involvement of all stakeholders

 

Our Strengths

  • Focused solution-based engagement on gas flaring and oil spills.
  • The geographical strength of member groups.
  • Our international partners.
  • Our credibility and independence.
  • Research and evidence-based approach. 
  • Advocating for peaceful and constructive dialogue.
  • To address the already failed system of oil spill and gas flare response currently practiced by Government and oil majors through a non-violent approach
  • To ensure that all Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) must be made participatory and transparent in order to restore confidence in the present broken system.
  • To develop a platform for focused and critical dialogue between oil producing communities, civil society groups, oil majors and the Nigerian government to identify the problems with the current oil spill and gas flare response system, plus finding workable long term sustainable solutions.
  • To develop a new independent mechanism that would conform to international best practice to prevent, identify, respond to and quickly compensate for oil spills, however they are caused.
  • To work towards the involvement of civil society in independent monitoring of EIA reports, major oil and gas deals, infrastructure and installations (refineries, LNG projects etc.).
  • To build the capacity of the different stakeholders, especially local oil producing communities on oil spills reporting, mitigation and processes.
  • To facilitate research on the different issues relating to gas flaring and oil spills especially on impacts, policy and legislative frameworks and institutions.
  • To advocate for a reduction or an end to the incidents of gas flaring in the Niger Delta.

 

Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN)

Gas Alert for Sustainable Initiative (GASIN)

Centre for Environmental Right and Development (CEHRD)

Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP)

Ijaw Youth Council (IYC)

Ijaw National Congress (INC)

Niger Delta Environment and Relief Foundation (NIDEREF)

Gender and Development Action (GADA)

Centre for Ethnic and Conflict Studies (CENTECS)

Foundation for the Conservation of the Earth (FOCONE)

Pronatura International (PNI)

Kebtetkache Women Development and Resource Centre

Youth Awareness Programme (YAP)

Care and Development Centre

Bayelsa NGO Forum (BANGOF)

Niger Delta Wetland Centre (NDWC)

Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment

Centre for Niger Delta Studies (CNDS)

Foundation for Environmental Right and Development (FENRAD)

Green Concern for Development (GREENCODE)

Peace Point Action (PPA)

African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development

Environmental Health & Safety Network

Poverty Alleviation for the Poor Initiative

Coalition of Bonny NGOs for Human Rights and Sustainable Development 

 

National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND) is a partnership of twenty member civil society groups that seek to address the lingering environmental degradation associated with oil spill, gas flare and illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta. It is also a vehicle that civil society groups can use to proactively suggest tangible solutions to the key issues surrounding oil spills and gas flaring.

NACGOND’s major approach is grounded in research and evidence based advocacy, which aims to ensure that issues of oil spills and gas flaring are immediately fixed, however they are caused. It also ensures that techniques for oil exploration activities and clean-up exercise used by International Oil Companies (IOCs) and responsible regulatory agencies adhere to international best practices.

The coalition was formally launched on the 16th of June, 2011 after a multi-stakeholder meeting involving Niger Delta nationality groups, civil society actors, state actors and the oil industry, facilitated by Chatham House, London.

NACGOND's geographical focus is the Niger Delta and our core thematic areas are: Good Governance,Oil Spills & Gas Flaring, Environmental sustainability and livelihood.

The decision of the United States to stop the importation of Nigeria’s light blend of crude oil due to the shale oil boom has exposed the US refineries to the dangers associated with the processing of lighter shale oil.

As a result of the increased domestic production of shale oil, the US has slashed crude  oil imports from a peak of almost 14 million barrels per day in 2006, to slightly above 7 million barrels per day.
Crude oil import from Nigeria, one of the principal sources of light crude, was also slashed from more than 1 million barrels per day in 2010 to zero in July 2014.

But the US refineries, Reuters has reported, are designed to handle medium blend crude as against the much lighter shale oil being produced in the country to replace imports from Nigeria and others.
US refiners are said to have shown a strong preference for a medium blend, but almost all the oil being produced as a result of the shale boom is much lighter than the refineries can handle.

“as long as the oil companies continue to refuse to meter their oil wells, the nation would be in the dark on the actual quantity of crude they pump daily”.

The Nigerian government produces over 4 million barrels of crude oil daily, an environmental activist said, disputing the official figures by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

Godwin Ojo, the Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action / Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, told journalists over the weekend, in Lagos that the lack of transparency and accountability in the oil sector is responsible for the massive corruption in the industry.

“We believe that the core issue affecting the oil and gas industry is the failure and, or refusal of operators in the industry and regulatory bodies to publicly disclose or engage easily available
scientific templates for precise measurement of the production process,” said Mr. Ojo.

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