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PRESS STATEMENT BY MOBIL CORE OIL COMMUNITIES IN NIGERIA

30 Nov

TEXT OF A PRESS CONFERENCE HELD BY MOBIL PRODUCING NIGERIA UNLIMITED CORE COMMUNITIES OF EKET, ESIT EKET, IBENO AND ONNA.

Oil Spill Impact, killing birds and aquatic animals

Oil Spill Impact, killing birds and aquatic animals


BACKGROUND:
ON the 9th November, 2012, there was a major oil spill from one of the offshore facilities of Mobil Producing Nig. Unlimited and the result of the spill was conspicuous in and around the entire operational areas/ Core Communities of MPNU. Arising from the spill, the Core Communities made demands for the payment of adequate financial compensation on MPNU.
MPNU admitted the occurrence of the spill in its communication to the state, Local Governments and the Leadership of the various communities. MPNU at several fora made a commitment to react accordingly in due course as it contended that the process of determining the quantum of spill and the corresponding compensation sum and variables was still ongoing with the statutory regulatory agencies including the DPR and NOSDRA.
In the interface between the Core Communities and MPNU over the payment of the oil spill compensation, MPNU on a letter dated 15th June, 2013 and in a publication of Pioneer newspaper of 27th October, 2013, offered to carry out some projects in its Core Communities in particular and in other parts of the state as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities to its Host communities and state. This may have been an attempt to redeem its failure in corporate social responsibilities for the last 15 years during which MPNU had been claiming that they have paid their statutory obligations to the various governments and contributed to the NDDC.
The demands by the Core Communities on MPNU for the compensation for oil spill persisted and this culminated in the peaceful protest by the communities which lasted for 10 days. The protest was suspended at the intervention of Akwa Ibom State Government after an offer to mediate between the Core Communities and MPNU.
The above mentioned offer to mediate led to the meeting between the Technical Committee of the Core Communities and the representatives of the management of MPNU on Monday the 4th day of November,2013 at the conference room of the Secretary to Government of Akwa Ibom state. In the meeting, the Core Communities presented its position paper and MPNU acknowledged the rights of the communities and therefore considered their demands reasonable but pleaded for time not exceeding Thursday the 14th November, 2013 to enable the Board of MPNU to meet and ratify the demands.
Oil Spill devastation in Nigeria

Oil Spill devastation in Nigeria


November 14th, 2013 has lapsed and communities have again become very restive arising from the intransigence of MPNU. We are familiar with all the antics of MPNU – divide and rule, delay tactics, sponsoring derogatory and inciting stories, seeking Government protection on its abdication of its Statutory Responsibilities, etc. it was this attitude that led to the kidnapping of the Paramount Ruler of Esit Eket L.G.A and attacks on other Paramount Rulers of Ibeno, Eket and Onna.
It has come to a point where the Core Communities can no longer contend these antics. We are also aware that Exxon being the parent company of MPNU has a notoriety of failure to meet its obligations such as payment of compensation for oil spill to the extent that they had to be sent away from other countries. This and similar attitude account for their consistent declaration of outrageous profit to the consternation of other oil companies and the amazement of the United States Congress.
Since 1998, the Core Communities have suffered sufficient deprivations and a near total exclusion from the benefits of its operation.
Consequent upon the fore going, the Core Communities wish to state emphatically as follows:
1. That MPNU should immediately comply with all the requests at the meeting of 4th November, 2013.
2. That failure to do so might elicit further very strong reactions from the Core Communities.

THIS PRESS CONFERENCE IS AUTHORIZED BY:-
1. His Eminence, Akwa Edidem (Dr) Akpabio U. Ukpa,
Oku Ibom III, Chairman of the Forum
Paramount Ruler of Onna.

2. HRM Edidem Ubong P. Assam II
Aso I of Esit Eket
Paramount Ruler of Esit Eket.

3. HRM Edidem N.J.E Oduenyie Jp
Atara Ekid, Enin Akwa Afaha III
Paramount Ruler of Eket.

4. HRM Owong (Dr) Effiong B. Archianga
Akwaha Owong Ibeno – Spokeman of the forum
Paramount Ruler of Ibeno.

5. Rt. Hon. Chief Nduese Essien
Attah of Ekid
Chairman Technical Committee

6. Pastor (Hon) Isaiah W. Abia
Coordinating Secretary

7. Proffesor Etie Ben Akpan
Member Technical Committee

8. High Chief Williams Mkpah
Member Technical Committee

9. Chief Okon Akpan Owong
Member Technical Committee

10. Barr. Bassey Nkanang
Member Technical Committee

11. Chief Ime M. Utin
Member Technical Committee

12. Chief Bassey Udo Akpan
Member Technical Committee

13. Rt. Hon. Imo Udobia
Member Technical Committee

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Nigeria’s Qua Iboe Terminal Oil Spill: One too Many

12 Sep

 

Written  by

Esema Joseph Esema

 

 

Taking cognizance of the adverse effects, it is pathetic to note that since May 1 2010 when the Exxon Mobil Qua Iboe Terminal (QIT) oil spill in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria occurred, it has not been given much attention as the occasion required.

 

It is even more appalling that while our government appears from its indifferent response not to have noticed the effects of the spill, examples are being drawn from the region during the debates on the way out of the Gulf of Mexico spill in the United States. More enraging are the defiant statements that have been credited to the management of Exxon Mobil to the effect that the QIT oil spill is small when compared to any in the history of oil spill. This makes one wonder whether the small’ spill has no disastrous impact on the environment.

 

Needless to say, the QIT oil spill has affected the aquatic state of the waters and has brought untold hardship to the fishermen settlements close to the terminal, whose major source of livelihood lied in the polluted water.

The Nigerian government could borrow a leaf from the response of the American government over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, where the president’s interest has gone beyond official to personal, the Congress has commenced intensive investigation and the management of BP Oil America has in addition to their several apologies, taken giant strides towards restoring the earlier state of the affected waters.

 

It is important to note that if the QIT spill is not addressed promptly, it would extend to other coastal areas with the attendant troubles. Again it would encourage the trend where oil giants skirt safety rules since virtually no sanctions are applied.

 

It is submitted that efforts at cleansing the affected areas should be expedited. Firstly, the source of the spill should be plugged, then dispersants could be used to break up the oil on the water, in addition, Exxon Mobil should be made to pay compensation that is commensurate with the impact of their actions on the environment and on the disrupted business activities of those living in that area.

 

The Harmful Waste (Special Criminal Provision etc) CAP H1 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 could succinctly deal with the situation. However, the problem lies in the implementation as no specific agency has been established to prosecute crimes arising from the Act.

 

Considering the impact of these spills and the quick succession at which they have been occurring in recent times it might be necessary to evolve standards and regulations which the Ministry of Environment and other relevant agencies would apply in addressing oil spill cases when they arise.

 

Eseme writes from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

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