WADOO!!NEWS: Bonga oil spill: Shoreline communities beg Jonathan to prevail on Shell over $3bn compensation
SHORELINE communities and fisherpersons affected by the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNPECo, Bonga oil spill of December 20, 2011, have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene again by directing Shell/SNEPCo to pay the already approved $3.6 billion as compensation and punitive damage to the shoreline communities and fisherpersons through their representative, Gbutse Property Limited.
The communities, in a statement by His Royal Highness I.B. Ojukonsin and three others, said President Jonathan in January 2012, at a meeting with Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, on the sidelines of the 18th African Union Ordinary Session of the Heads of State and Governments in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, indicated that Nigeria would ask for compensation from Shell to settle any problem that may arise from the Shell Bonga oil spill of December 20, 2011.
“The Senate and House of Representatives, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA as well as Department of Petroleum Resources, swung into action by holding joint meetings with representatives of Shell, shoreline communities and their attorneys through Gbutse Property Limited.
“During the said meetings, the aforesaid parties agreed, among other things, that NOSDRA being a federal agency responsible for oil spill in Nigeria should come up with compensation payable to the communities and fisher-persons. Consequently, NOSDRA said that Shell/SNEPCo should pay the sum of $3.6 billion as compensation.”.