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The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), OILWATCH and the Host Communities Network (HOCON) have asked Nigerians to reject political parties and aspirants to political offices who do not have concerns about environmental degradation and strategies of reversing livelihoods’ loss on their agenda.
Mr Philip Jakpor, Head of Media, ERA/FoEN in a statement in Lagos, quoted the groups as advising Nigerians to take their destinies in their hands by voting wisely in the upcoming elections or remain in perpetual servitude.
ERA/FoEN Executive Director Godwin Ojo said: “We believe that the elections present another great prospect for Nigerians to decide the course that the ship of state must take in the next four years. It is an opportunity to demand good governance and accountability, to check corporate misrule, corruption, total disregard for local livelihoods and reckless degradation of the environment, violence, and theft which continue to plague our land.”
Shell compensation for Bodo, not yet Uhuru – ERA/FoEN
The agreement by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) to pay 55 million (N15.3 billion) pound compensation to the Bodo community over two spill incidents in 2008 is a welcome development that should open doors for more communities that have suffered Shell’s environmental assaults to seek legal redress, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has said.
Shell’s decision to pay the community was arrived at after a settlement meeting with the affected community. While Shell continues to circulate press releases claiming it took responsibility immediately the incident happened, ERA/FoEN, in a statement issued in Lagos, said “the unrelenting quest for justice by the Bodo community even after six years of frustrating negotiations forced the hands of Shell. The victory goes to the people”
ERA/FoEN Executive Director, Godwin Ojo said: “While we see this agreement as a victory for the Bodo community folks who have suffered ecocide and loss of livelihoods, it is also a glimmer of hope for communities that have endured massive degradation from Shell’s leaking and ill-maintained facilities in the Ogoni and elsewhere in the Niger Delta”.
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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.