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Location: Egiland,Ogba kingdom of Ogba/Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area, Rivers State
Date of Visit: Monday 6 October, 2014
In 2012 the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria [ERA/FoEN] visited some communities in Egi clan thrice starting April through 1st October 2012. The visits referred to are in connection with the operational failure and multiple gas eruptions which occurred in April 2012. While the very first visit was embarked upon by ERA/FoEN alone, other environmental/human rights groups and journalists were part of the second time, while the third comprised of the earlier groups and the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology led by Senator Bukola Saraki.
The people of Egi clan are mostly farmers unlike the Ogoni and Ijaws that are more situated in the riverine areas. Besides farming, they also engage in palm cutting and hunting activities. Aside environmentally related concerns of the people; in terms of their health and livelihood, complaints are rife that Total/Elf’s operation has denied them of their farmlands a development best described as land grab.
ERA/FoEN was reliably informed that when Total/Elf first entered Egiland in 1962 for oil exploration and exploitation in 1964 it went by the name SAFRAPH but later metamorphosed into Total/Elf and now E/P.The need to revisit some of the communities impacted by the 2012 multiple gas eruptions became necessary on 6 October 2014 to ascertain the situation of the environment and what the company must have done to alleviate the plight of victims; especially in terms of clean-up, compensation and land grab related complaints.
National Tobacco Control Bill Should Conform With Global Convention
A coalition of civil society groups have urged the Senate to ensure that the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) which will be open for public hearing on Wednesday (October 15, 2014) is in conformity with the provisions of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC).
Nigeria has signed and ratified the convention.
The groups: Environmental Rights Action, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC), and the National Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) in a statement issued in Abuja, said a tobacco control bill that is in sync with the FCTC will not only promote public health , but also be fulfilling Nigeria’s obligation under the FCTC. They insisted that the parliament must plug any loophole that can be exploited by the tobacco industry to undermine the spirit and intention of the bill.
ERA/FoEN Director, Corporate Accountability, Akinbode Oluwafemi said: “The public hearing on the National Tobacco Control Bill is a welcome development and presents another opportunity for our lawmakers in the Senate to side with the people by ensuring that the bill is in tandem with the FCTC which is the first global health treaty.
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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.