The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday flagged off the Oil and Gas Search, Rescue and Surveillance (SeRAS) Command and Control Centre in Lagos.
The centre is to improve safety and operational efficiency across the industry, it said in a statement.
Director of DPR, Mr Sarki Auwalu, said it was being implemented in collaboration with Omni-Blu Aviation Services Limited and would increase safety and revenue generation.
He said they were critical to operations in the industry, adding that this necessitated the establishment of the National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC), which was inaugurated recently by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The essence of this programme is to guarantee the safety of lives while also guaranteeing for any emergency and the same time provide medical services to victims that will be involved in the incident and above all, it creates a cooperative agreement to reduce cost and enhance value for all the stakeholders.”
The Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, Mr Akin Olateru, said Nigeria was a signatory to Annex 12 of the Chicago Convention, which requires the setting up of a programme like SeRAS.
“Search and rescue is a big deal. It saves lives and property and enhances productivity which should be taken seriously by any nation,” he said.