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The occurrence of oil spills in Ikarama community environment every now and then cannot be over emphasized. The spills from facilities belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company [SPDC] and Nigerian Agip Oil Company [NAOC] happens either within the immediate environment near living homes, farms and swamps or inside the community forest impacting farmlands, ponds, lakes, swamps and streams. While some of the spills are attributed to equipment or operational failure, most are associated with third part interference. Ikarama is one of the six Ijaw communities which make up Okordia clan in Yenagoa LGA and has the highest frequency of spill incidents in Bayelsa State. The current spill was raging inside Shell’s Okordia manifold when field monitors of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria [ERA/FoEN] visited.
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.
A Joint Statement issued to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, UNHRC
Wednesday, 25th June 2014
Volveremos! - Stand with us or step aside
Monday, 9th June 2014
“International Anti-Chevron Day”
Wednesday, 14th May 2014
ERA/CISLAC Name Recipients of Inaugural Tobacco Control Journalism Fellowship
Wednesday, 30th October 2013
Stalled Bodo Compensation Talks Exposed Shell’s Insincerity, says ERA/FoEN
Monday, 16th September 2013
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.