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Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Senate advises Agip, seek Bayelsa community peace over Oil spill

 Senate advises Agip, seek Bayelsa community peace over Oil spill

Nigerian senate

Senate has urged the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited to make peace with the Ogboinbiri community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State affected by the crude oil spill.

The Senate also ordered the company to accelerate the remediation of the oil spill in the community within the next ninety days to protect the environment.

This was just as the upper chamber commended the oil company for providing some monetary compensation to the affected community as consolation for the hardship caused by the spill.

These recommendations were adopted by the Senate after it considered a report by the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions over the alleged failure by Agip Oil Company to pay compensation to the community affected by crude oil spillage.

Chairman of the Committee, Patrick Akinyelure, in his presentation, said the panel received a petition from Dunobene Perekeme on behalf of the Ogboinbiri community.

According to him, the Committee in its findings observed that the incident oil spill occurred on June 5, 2021, during the nationwide lockdown, and was reported to the relevant government regulatory agencies.

He noted that the impact of the oil spill had grossly affected the means of livelihood of residents of the Ogboinbiri community who were predominantly fishermen, lumbers and farmers.

Akinyelure disclosed that the clean-up of the affected area was done without the participation of the host community to ascertain whether or not the claim of third party inference by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC) was the cause of the spill.

In his petition to the Committee, Dunobene Perekeme requested NAOC to ensure proper clean-up and remediation of the environment without delay.

Furthermore, he requested that relief materials be provided to the victims of the crude oil spill to cushion the effect of loss of livelihood by the polluter (NAOC).

Perekeme, while reeling out a list of demands, requested that a total of N3.5 billion naira be paid as specific and general damages for the claimants whose properties, means of livelihood and health were impacted by the spill.

Out of the total sum, he explained that N500 million naira was for compensation to all claimants as damages to their properties.

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