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Highlight: Shell’s Seibou spill confirmed as equipment or material failure
Location: From Ogboinbiri axis, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State
GPS Coordinate: Elev -11m N 04°49.610’ E 005°54.737’ [at the wellhead site where the spill occurred
Following ERA/FoEN earlier visit to Keme-Ebiama and a related report, the Bayelsa State Government through the Office of the Commissioner for Environment, Iniruo Wills convened a meeting with some impacted communities. Shell and community representatives were invited to discuss on the way forward. The communities that attended include: Ogboinbiri, Azagbene, Gbaraun, Keme-Ebiama and Kokologbene. Of these, the first three were regarded as communities hosting the facilities. A date was picked for all stakeholders to visit the spill site for an official investigation to ascertain the cause of spill. An invitation was extended to ERA/FoEN to be part of the government team to the spill site, from the ministry of environment.
On Friday 13th March, 2015 the Special Inter-Ministerial Committee on Environment was led by Mr. Inirou Wills and his ministry of agriculture counterpart to the spill site at Ogboinbiri. Apart from the members of the Special Inter-Ministerial Committee represented, the print and electronic media were represented by Africa Independent Television (AIT) and News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The team went in two gunboats manned by the Joint Task Force (JTF) and one Passport marine craft. The team first landed at Agip’s Ogboinbiri flow station where a brief meeting was held with Shell representatives and community leaders before heading to the Seibou deep spill site at the end of a canal.
Keep your promise on halting water privatisation, ERA/FoEN urges Ambode
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has congratulated Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on his victory at the just-concluded gubernatorial elections in Lagos, urging him to live up to his electoral promises when he assumes office, particularly the immediate reversal of the planned privatisation of water in Lagos. Ambode won the elections held on April 11, 2015, beating his closest rival, Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to clinch the governorship slot in one of the most keenly contested elections in Lagos’ history.
In a statement issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said the emergence of Ambode is manifestation of the wishes of the electorate who cast their votes in the hope that the governor-elect will sustain the enviable pace of development the state has enjoyed in the last 16 years of democratic rule.
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The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is “Think. Eat. Save”. Each word is loaded and stands alone, separated by unambiguous periods. That should get us thinking indeed. Many people in the world do not really think before eating. They are more preoccupied by the nagging question of where the next meal would come from. There are also a number of persons whose questions pertain to what to eat out of the myriad of choices on their sumptuous dining tables. And, of course, there are people to whom saving food is not a problem while to yet others there is simply no choice in doing that. There are others who wish to save but cannot do so either due to a lack of means to do so, or for the reason of current insufficiencies.
There is a lot of food for thought in just considering the theme.