Community & Environment

Ogoni intend to take Shell to court over assets sale

Aug 6, 2013

The Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State has said it would drag Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, to court to stop the oil multinational from selling its assets in the area. Shell, whose vast oil exploration operations in Ogoniland had been shut since the 1990s following Ogoni struggle against the Nigerian State as a result…

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Ogoni indigenes urge govt to implement UNEP report

Aug 5, 2013

Indigenes of Ogoniland, an oil rich area in Rivers State, have urged the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Environmental Programme on their community. They decried the government’s neglect of the report two years after it was published, and stressed that nothing had been done to clean up the environmental pollution…

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Edo communities demand direct control of 13% derivation proceeds

Aug 2, 2013

Oil producing communities in Edo State, have demanded for the direct control of proceeds from the 13 per cent derivation fund to them, calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, to discontinue forthwith, the payment of the fund to the state government. In a letter to the…

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Shell invested N45bn in the Niger Delta in 2012

Aug 2, 2013

Shell Petroleum Development Company Plc, SPDC, said it invested $281.2 million (N44.99 billion) in the Niger Delta in 2012. Speaking at the launch of its ‘Let’s Go’ advertising campaign, in Lagos, Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, Chairman, Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director, SPDC, said the funds were invested in alleviating certain environmental issues in the…

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JTF arrested 608 suspected oil thieves, seized 24 vessels in first half of 2013

Jul 31, 2013

The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta code-named ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, said it has arrested 608 suspected oil thieves in 594 raids carried out between January and June. The JTF spokesman, Lt. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Yenagoa that oil theft was consequently on the decline. “So far,…

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Chevron trains Nigerian graduates on deepwater technology

Jul 24, 2013

Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, said it is sponsoring qualified young graduates to a training course on Remotely Operated Vehicle, ROV, overseas, as part of its efforts to assist Nigerians acquire necessary manpower in the deep water sector of the oil and gas industry. ROV, also known as an underwater robot, is commonly used in deepwater…

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Community decries SPDC’s negligence, threatens to disrupt operations

Jul 23, 2013

The Peremabiri community in the Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state has threatened to disrupt operations of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) from this week, over the oil giant’s alleged  failure to heed its (community’s) requests to extend its corporate social responsibility gestures to Peremabiri. The community, in a protest letter sent to…

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Vandals rupture NNPC pipeline in Lagos

Jul 23, 2013

Pipeline vandals ruptured a pipeline belonging to the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in Lagos on Monday, few weeks after an explosion occurred at the Atlas Cove area of the state. It was gathered that the pipeline was vandalised at Ita-Iyalode, a community in Idimu, and the PPMC said…

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IOCs’ Pipelines protection contracts lack transparency – Kuku

Jul 22, 2013

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Hon. Kingsley Kuku, has accused the international oil companies (IOCs) in the Niger Delta of not showing enough transparency in the process of award of their pipeline surveillance contracts. Kuku said such contracts tended to emasculate the communities…

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Nigeria will no longer release foreign vessels involved in oil theft – Minister

Jul 20, 2013

Foreign Affairs Minister Olugbenga Ashiru says the ministry will no longer entertain appeals from foreign missions to release the crew or ships, involved in illegal activities on Nigeria’s territorial waters. Ashiru issued the warning on Friday in Abuja at a briefing with members of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria. He also cautioned the diplomats against…

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