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Sudan’s oil industry requires proper audit systems: experts

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By Julius N. Uma

December 12, 2010 (JUBA) - Sudan’s federal government and its southern counterpart should establish a fully-fledged audit system to cater for the oil industry’s socio-economic, environmental, and security impact after the south’s referendum on independence, a two-day oil conference resolved.

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Garang Diing, the Energy and Mining Minister in the southern government briefing the journalists at the weekly media briefing organized by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. Sept. 11, 2010 (ST)

The conference on, “Sudan’s oil industry after the referendum”, further recommended that oil companies compensate communities for past and current injustices, respect local cultural traditions, while governments be tasked with establishing a master plan for sustainable local economic development.

While speaking on petroleum policy during the two-day event held in Juba, the south Sudan capital, Jill Shankleman, a socio-political and environmental risk management consultant said all oil companies intending to undertake related projects require comprehensive social, environmental and health impact assessment.

“Any oil company that plans to construct oil refineries, pipelines or any other oil-related activities in a given area must carry out a thorough environmental impact assessment in line with existing regulations,” Shankleman said.

The independent impact assessment, she added, should later be followed by the development of an environmental management plan, which will guide their mode of operations in the communities where they exist.

Rev. James Nitres, Assistance Mission for Africa (AMA) Director observed that much as the concept of compensation remains a key element among communities, most oil exploration companies largely ignore national interests, thus making oil grievances part and parcel of south Sudan’s historical problems.

“These oil exploration companies should know that national interests start with the interests of individuals in a given area. Unfortunately for our south Sudan case, these oil companies usually come into these areas with their security personal and immediately begin their activities,” Ninrew said.

According to the AMA Director, Sudan’s oil-producing areas will soon become the “the next Niger Delta”, if the current problems such as poor employment policies, lack of compensation of communities, unequal distribution of oil revenues, among others are not properly addressed.

However, in his address on the current security situations and recommendations for the future, Col. Phillip Aguer from Juba University said that government remains committed towards establishing a coordinated and institutionalized security mechanism to cater for the oil sector.

The conference, which was organized by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) and Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) from December 7-8, attracted over 100 attendees, including representative from the Government of Southern Sudan, members of the diplomatic community, representatives of the governments of Unity State and Upper Nile State, members of the National Legislative Assembly, legislators, the Chinese National Petroleum Company, Total S.A, among others.

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  • 13 December 2010 06:30, by Oduck Bol

    Please do not think we do not know that oil creating problems in Uprill Nile and Unity State. We are engeer in that shits. Just because we are still away you can kill our familis with H2S and and other gases too that are making civilian sick and creating cancers in them wich never has been before. Do not think you will go away with it.We are going to prsoud you with any coust.

    Deal with your courptist,but one out of ten you will lose you frofits.

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    • 13 December 2010 08:35, by Anyang

      ODuk,

      Go back to Southern Sudan and help, Otherwise stop making unwise,immature statement here on the web.

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      • 13 December 2010 10:39, by Padiet Deng Alony

        Anyang

        I second Oduk in what he said, people are talking of security while those who are living in petroluem area are left with no thing only side effect from it.Now in Palioch payam there cases of abortions as per research done by one of Upper Nile Student and also i heard from my community and no medical care provided to the community.

        For the goverment to have pull security need to respond to the demand from those community found there in the oil area.

        Am from Melut county Upper Nile State where the oil is extracted in its Payam Palioch, the story is true and am afriad one day if still the community living in oil area are denied thier needs will turn it to Niger Delta.

        Let accept the Truth.

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  • 13 December 2010 10:29, by Diu J.Kuek

    To H.E Minister of energy and mining in GOSS is absolutely right to call Sudan’s federal government and its Southern Sudan counterpart should establish a fully-fledged audit system to cater for the oil industry’s socio-enonomic, environmental and security impact these are the mains challenges being facing by local civilians in the areas where oil products as consequencies from the oil companies such a rule must be set as pre-condition to the Petroleum Company which are seeking to undertake.

    We should learn from the Industralized Countries which have huge productivities than its role of the States and central Government to prevent hazardous pollutions.

    Thus"Environment Impact Assessment"(EIA)is a procedure by which the effects on environment is calculated, how the proposed project will have effect on flora and fauna e.g animals.forests and human beings etc and can assess a formal studies existence.

    By Diu J.Kuek

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