Community & Environment

FEC approves five new clean-up contracts for Ogoni land

Mar 24, 2019

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved five more contracts for the clean up of Ogoni land in Rivers State. This was announced by the environment minister, Suleiman Hassan, while briefing journalists at the end of a seven-hour meeting of the council on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Hassan said…

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MOSOP rejects OML 11 takeover, says no oil operation in Ogoni

Mar 24, 2019

Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) wishes to express its strong rejection of the directive by the Nigerian President for the NNPD/NPDC takeover of Ogoni oilfields, and the resumption of oil production in Ogoni as reflected in a communication by the Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari. MOSOP said it…

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Buhari declines assent to NOSDRA Amendment Bill

Mar 14, 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency Amendment Bill 2018 recently passed by the national assembly. His decision to reject the bill was conveyed in a letter dated January 17 and addressed to Senate President Bukola Saraki, who read it at the start of plenary on Wednesday.…

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FG has begun field level implementation of Ogoni clean-up project – Minister

Mar 5, 2019

Minister of Environment, Suleiman Zarma, has said that the Federal Government has commenced the field level implementation of the Ogoni clean-up exercise in Niger Delta. Speaking yesterday at World Wildlife Day in Abuja, Zarma enthused that Niger Deltans would soon benefit from the project because of the exotic species of fishes in that environment.On completion,…

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Engagement with militants could avert oil disruptions over Buhari’s re-election

Feb 28, 2019

The fear that militancy in the oil-rich Niger Delta could revive after the re-election of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, can be addressed if the Federal Government sustains its engagement with agitators from the region, analysts have said. According to them, the ability of the government to open discussions with the agitators following threats of renewed…

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Niger Delta militants allege attack on oil pipeline near Warri

Feb 18, 2019

A new militant group calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed on Twitter that it attacked a gas and crude oil pipeline belonging to state oil firm NNPC despite the presence of government troops guiding the facilities. “At 11:45pm on Thursday @NDAvengers blew up other #NNPC Gas and Crude trunkline close to Warri,” Niger…

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Niger Delta Avengers vow to stop Nigeria’s crude oil flows

Feb 15, 2019

Militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Avengers on Thursday threatened to halt crude oil flow from the Niger Delta and cripple the economy if President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected. The group decried what it described as the “continuous criminal exploitation and exploration of our natural resources that engender the underdevelopment of the Niger…

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Nigeria’s restive oil region braces as elections approach

Feb 14, 2019

As the race between President Muhammad Buhari and his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, nears its climax on Saturday, the military has stepped up its presence in the 70,000 square-kilometer (27,000 square-mile) southern oil rich Niger Delta region. The area, where most oil reserves in Africa’s biggest producer are located, is the source of two-thirds of…

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NAOC accused of negligence 3 months after spill in Bayelsa community

Feb 12, 2019

Three months after two oil spills were reported in Egbebiri community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State from the facilities of Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, has slammed the multinational for negligence. According to a field report by Mr. Alagoa Morris, Head of ERA Bayelsa…

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FG mobilises 16 contractors for Ogoni clean-up

Feb 9, 2019

After overcoming initial hiccups, the federal government has mobilised about 16 contractors for the remediation of Ogoniland oil spill. The government also said that the training and engagement of Ogoni youths and women, as part of the clean-up, is to enable them take ownership of the project. The cheering news was made public yesterday by…

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