NLNG Corporate Respect banner First bank FinTech summit Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Oil Spills: Bayelsa communities accuse DPR, NOSDRA of complicity

By News Express on 23/05/2019

Gmail icon

Views: 268

Oil-ravaged communities in Bayelsa State have accused the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and another regulatory body, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), of connivance with oil multinationals in the destruction of their environment.  Babragbene, Lasukugbene and Oyeregbene in Southern Ijaw and Mbikiba in Brass local government areas – made the accusation on Wednesday during a town hall meeting with members of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission (BSOEC) at Oyeregbene community. The commission, led by the Archbishop of York in the United Kingdom, Dr. John Sentamu, is on a fact-finding tour of oil spill and environmentally degraded communities in the state. The communities, which demanded a clean-up of their land and waterways as well as payment of compensation by the oil multinationals operating in their area, said federal agencies – DPR and NOSDRA – were bias in favour of the international oil companies (IOCs) whenever spills occur. 

 They claimed that the Joint Investigation and Verification Reports were not always representative of the actual incidents of spills that destroy their source of livelihood. President of the Ijaw Association of Oil and Gas Producing Communities, Comrade Yabrou Tou, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved communities, bemoaned what he described as the total neglect of host communities by the oil multinationals despite series of appeals to them on the effect of the spills on their environment. He shed tears as he narrated his ordeal of how he was dragged before a court in Abuja for reporting Chevron to the Nigeria Human Rights Commission for refusing to clean up a spill that occurred from its facility. 

 Comrade Tou said the incident, which occurred in 2015 at an oil rig, spilled its contents for six months non-stop. “The oil firm refused to pay compensation after initially accepting responsibility for the damage to the environment, saying it occurred on their Right of Way (ROW). “The spills reoccurred in 2018 with the company initially accepting responsibility but later reneged on its promise to pay compensation because, according to them, members of the communities tampered with their facilities at the spill sites.”

 Also speaking on behalf of the four communities, Pastor Ofongo Alamene and a fisherwoman, Mrs. Flora Soridei, called on the multinational companies to live up to their corporate responsibility by providing social amenities like potable water, electricity, healthcare and payment of compensation. Alamene said: “The multinational companies know that a divided house cannot stand. So they sponsor violence, which is working for them.

“They also know the level of ignorance of the communities. They get them to sign the wrong documents, which render the communities defenseless when they avoid repairing their pipelines that are long overdue. Some of the pipelines have stayed up to 40 years whereas their lifespan is 20 years.”

 Pastor Alamene accused the oil majors of non-implementation of the terms of their General Memorandum of Understanding (GMOU) signed with host communities. “No medical or material supports are given to victims of oil spills while projects promised in the GMOUs are either haphazardly done or abandoned midway with flimsy excuses,” he said. The community leaders reported that Shell removed Oyeregbene community from the list of beneficiaries of its GMOU because of claims of missing equipment. They also said that Agip provided a six-classroom block in the community but abandoned the construction of a jetty and did a one-kilometre concrete road only half way.

The community leaders however expressed gratitude to Governor Seriake Dickson for setting up the commission to address their plight. The Bayelsa State Commissioner for the Environment, Ebipatei Apaingolo, in his remarks, said the commission was established to examine the impact of oil exploration activities on host communities in the state. According to him, the oil companies have been neglecting their responsibilities of cleaning up the environment and paying compensation to affected communities. Other members of the commission on the tour included Prof. Michael Watts, Prof. Emeseh Engobo, Prof. Lucky Worika, Dr. Anna Zalik, Dr Catherine Nwajiaku-Dahou and Dr. Isaac Osuoka, pioneer spokesman of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and founder of Social Action, a Niger Delta-based CSO. (Vanguard)



Source News Express

Posted 23/05/2019 7:47:59 PM





You may also like...
Court stops Tukur's return bid as PDP chair...

FG corrects mistake in announcement of new DG...

Defence Chief, Service Chiefs storm war theatre

Trump administration hid document on terrorism

Between Brig.-Gen. Marwa and Russian billionaire

Terrorist attacks likely in South Africa, US Government...

Buhari storms UK, meets British leaders, others

Ramaphosa: When wealth marries power

Minister slumps on duty

Delta TUC Chairman says suspension notice shameful

2019 elections under threat — Shehu Sani

Ex-NDDC Commissioner jailed three years for stealing transformers...


Latest News 2020 Budget: Only 4 states are viable in Nigeria — Report FG set to unveil new allowance for Corps members: Minister Russia lands nuclear bombers in Africa as Putin hosts continent’s leaders FG to spend N4.88trn on new Minimum Wage, personnel costs in 2020 Another 26 FRSC officials arrested for alleged extortion — ICPC No responsible Nigerian should be happy over state of things in the country — Obi Sacked Mobil contract workers petition Buhari over N11.4bn severance benefits President Court of Appeal: Group raises alarm over Justice Monica CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Liverpool, Chelsea win as Messi, Mertens set goals records PDP boasts 70 per cent of registered voters in Kogi — Spokesmen Oyo: Makinde okays recruitment of teachers, threatens saboteurs of education policies EFCC arraigns fake Forex trader for $2m scam


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (553,102 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (448,190 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (396,073 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (331,364 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (299,786 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (267,196 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (256,523 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (253,943 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (235,496 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (221,689 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (199,020 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (196,169 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (105) Business & Economy (4,510) Business Verdict (85) Columnists (1,132) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (218) Entertainment (693) Features (838) Global Business Monitor (476) ICT Monitor (66) International (4,109) Interview (205) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (174) Maggie's Blog (456) News (53,031) Opinion (1,402) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,599) Religion (1,112) Sports (2,200) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera