Since 1995, at least 28 per cent of the global gas flaring by oil companies is being undertaken in Nigeria, reveals a study. The flaring is to a large extent responsible for the country's greenhouse gas emissions, acid rain and destruction of freshwater fish, forests and property, the study says. The heat and energy generated from this activity is equivalent to all the electrical energy generated by the Nigerian Electric Power Authority. "Oil companies' activities, which account for some 90 per cent of the nation's revenue, are playing havoc with Nigeria's environment," alleged Obog Isidore Akpan-Ebe, a state commissioner for environment.
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