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Location: Ayetoro, Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo Sttae
DATELINE: JULY 31, 2014
In May 2014, representatives of 108 riverside communities in IIaje Local Government Area of Ondo State sent a Save Our Soul to the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NAMASA) in respect of the Bonga oil spill that occurred on December 20, 2011 during Shell’s routine export operation to transfer crude oil from its facility. The representatives of the IIaje communities complained they have been battling strange diseases since the oil spill which also affected their waters.
Following the SOS, ERA/FoEN carried out a visit to the areas still impacted by the Bonga incident. The visit was to find out what actions were taken by Shell after the spill. During the visit, since ERA/FoEN learnt the IIaje communities had earlier reported to the Ondo State Ministry of Environment their predicament as a result of the spill. It was learnt that the Ministry of Environment did not take any action to solve their problems. The victims spoke freely and were very bitter about Shell’s neglect. Mahin, Abereke, Ayetoro communities, all along the Ondo State coastline in IIaje Local Government Area, were visited during the field monitoring exercise.
Abuja August 4, 2014
The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “shameful”by a group of Nigerian and international organisations today.
A damning report, released today by Environmental Rights Action,Friends of Earth Europe, Amnesty International, Platform and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), exposes a shocking lack of action by Shell and the Nigerian Government to clean up the widespread pollution in Ogoniland, despite recommendations made by a major UN study three years ago today .
The UN Environment Programme published a scientific study on the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta in 2011 , exposingextensive oil pollution, severe health risks for the population – including previously unacknowledged pollution of drinking water – and fundamental failures in Shell’s processes for cleaning up oil spills.
Godwin Ojo of Friends of the Earth Nigeria said:“Three years on and the government and Shell have done little more than set up processes that look like action but are just fig leaves for business as usual.The lack of meaningful action in the face of incontrovertible scientific evidence is outrageous. The Nigerian government and Shell are quite simply getting away with environmental and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta.”
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.