SENATE Committee on Local Content yesterday warned of the alleged continuation of abuse and disregard to Nigeria’s diving regulations by International Oil Companies, IOCs.

This was even as it walked out the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Dr. Yerim Tarfa, who represented the minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, as well as representatives of IOCs including those of Chevron Nigeria Limited, ExxonMobil and TOTAL Nigeria Limited, among others from its investigative hearing on the alleged abuse.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Teslim Folarin, who gave the marching orders in Abuja, said the federal government could no longer tolerate such acts of sabotage in a sector which he said was worth about $1 billion annually.

According to him, the hearing was targeted at addressing the inherent shortcomings associated with the diving sector following a motion titled: ‘Urgent need to ensure strict compliance with statutory regulations and provisions regarding the Nigerian diving sector and also to urge the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity to as a matter of urgency inaugurate the Diving Advisory Board to ensure the regulation of its operation in the sector.’