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Shell VS Ikarama: ERA/FoEN, Community accuse Shell (SPDC) of superficial cleanup, remediation of spilt sites in Bayelsa



Bearing in mind the Environmental impact of oil spillage to both host communities, soil and Natural Resources around the environs of the affected Area.
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) have in a statement accused Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of superficial remediation of spilt sites at the Ikarama community in Bayelsa.

While the rights group alleged improper cleanup and remediation of oil spilt sites by SPDC and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) as the Basis of their Logged Complaints, SPDC However have denied any wrongdoing.

NAOC, declined to comment on the claim by the environmental advocacy organisation when contacted on this Matter.

SPDC and NAOC operate oil fields at Ikarama, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa. ERA/FoEN made the allegations in a field report titled, ‘Shell’s Improper Clean-up and Remediation of Spill Sites Exposed’.

The group indicated that “crude oil was found at shallow depths of one meter and above in the ground” at impacted sites the SPDC and NAOC claimed to have remediated. According to the report, signed by Alagoa Morris, the head of field operations at ERA/FoEN office in Yenagoa, and his assistant, Akpotu Ziworitin, the organisation visited Ikarama on August 20.

The environmental rights group explained that the visit followed information, including photos, it received from the community claiming it found crude oil in the ground in an area previously impacted by oil spills.

“On getting to the environment of interest, ERA/FoEN field monitors demanded that an entirely fresh spot be cleared and dug up,” it stated. “It was eventually confirmed that crude oil was found in the dug area in the depth of more than one meter.”

The report added that the organisation’s field monitors had visited the particular site several times since 2007. The environmental rights group observed that “most of the oil spills have occurred within the immediate community environment close to residential buildings and farmlands.”

In his Reaction, SPDC’s spokesman Bamidele Odugbesan, who denied the allegations, said, “The SPDC uses primarily remediation by Enhanced Natural Attenuation (bioremediation) to clean up oil Spills, a process believed to be the best for the soil and climate conditions of the hot and humid Niger Delta.”

He further explained that “our cleanup and remediation are done under the regulatory oversight of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and the Department of Petroleum Resources, and in line with a DPR-approved Remedial Action Plan (RAP).”

Mr Odugbesan insisted that Shell’s remediation practices “are aimed to be in compliance with the Environmental Guidelines and Standards for the Petroleum Industry in Nigeria (EGASPIN).”

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Cholera outbreak in Cross River Community claims 51 lives



The death toll from the Cholera outbreak in Ekureku, Abi Local Government Area, Cross River State, has risen from 20 on Saturday to 51 on Monday.

Bernard Egbe, the clan head of the community, stated this when he received Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sandy Onor, who was in the community to sympathise with them.



The clan chief, who described the situation as unfortunate, stated that many people infected with the disease were being treated at various health facilities in the area.

He went on to say that four of the victims being treated were in critical condition.

He stated that they had received assistance from WHO, UNICEF, and state government officials.

The cholera outbreak, which began on Thursday, affected ten villages in the Ekureku clan, he said.





Mr Onor, the PDP governorship candidate, said he felt the people’s pain but urged them to remain hopeful.

He stated that if elected, he would ensure that the people of the state have safe drinking water.
He gave cash as a consolation prize to each of the Ekureku community’s ten affected villages.




Meanwhile, Janet Ekpeyong, the Director-General of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency, stated on Sunday that the state government is on top of the situation.





She stated that the government had used both human and material resources to stop the spread of the disease.

“The state Government has deployed a response team together with representatives from the World Health Organisation, the Nigerian Red Cross and Wash Programme.






“The combined team have all intervened accordingly and helped to save lives and prevent further spread of the disease,” she stated.







A case of the disease has also been reported in a remote village in the state’s Odukpani Local Government Area.

Iwara Iwara, Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Health, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday.







Mr Iwara stated that the outbreak was reported on Sunday night and that the government had sent men and materials to the area.






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Currency hawkers selling scarce new naira notes at party venues.



Despite complaints that several bank branches had run out of the small quantities of the newly redesigned naira notes allocated to them by their head offices as early as 12 noon on Thursday, large wads of the new notes have saturated party venues, with hawkers charging N200 on N1,000.





On Thursday and Friday, journalists who visited banking halls in several cities across the country, particularly Lagos and Abuja, confirmed that there was a limited supply of the redesigned notes, as bank tellers mixed a few notes with the old ones for over-the-counter withdrawals, while automated teller machines continued to dispense old bank notes.






Further investigation revealed that several bank branches had yet to receive their new note allocations, with many bank officials informing our correspondents that the new notes were still on their way.

On the other hand, at a party in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, a woman was seen freely hawking newly redesigned wads of N200 bank notes.







However, officials at some of the bank branches that still had the new notes told reporters that each cashier was given N100,000 of the new N1,000 for onward disbursement to customers seeking over-the-counter payments, and that they do not yet have the N500 and N200 denominations.








Customers were also seen depositing old bills over the counter, while cashiers at bank branches were handing out more old naira notes.

Central Bank of Nigeria had earlier clarified on its website under currency management, that it is against the law to sell currency banknotes.








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6 people dead, 25 injured in a ghastly road accident in Kogi state.



The Kogi Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed that six people were killed and 25 others were injured in an accident on the Okene-Ogori road on Saturday.

Mr Stephen Dawulung, Sector Commander in Lokoja yesterday, revealed that the lone accident involved an articulated vehicle carrying 45 people and cows.






According to the sector commander, the accident occurred around noon and killed some of the cows.

The victims of the accident were taken to Ageva General Hospital in Okene, Ajunko Clinic and Maternity in Ibilo, and Ogbagidi General Hospital in Okene, according to Dawulung.






He said: “When the accident, which involved an IVECO trailer conveying cows and 45 persons down South, occurred by a graveyard just a few kilometres to Ogori Magongo along Okene-Ogori road, Kogi, our officers and men were timely in response to it.”

“Our officers in conjunction with the Police and military personnel came to the rescue and rushed the injured to four different medical centres for medical treatment. The corpses of the dead have also been deposited at the morgue of the Ageva General Hospital, Okene.”







The accident, according to Dawulung, was caused by speed, which was uncontrollable at “a sharp bend.”

The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.











The sector commander, who described the incident as “sad and unfortunate,” stated that the command would continue to carry out speed, overloading, and mixed loading enforcement and education programs.

He defined mixed loading as the loading of goods and passengers in trucks and other vehicles designed solely to transport goods.

He advised motorists to maintain strict adherence to road traffic regulations at all times in order to avoid such calamitous incidents.










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