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Location: Ikebiri, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA), Bayelsa State
Ikebiri community [Kingdom] is one of the communities that make up Olodiama clan in Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State. It has about nine oil wells being operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company [NAOC]. Ikebiri Kingdom comprises of Ikebiri 1, 2, 3 and several fishing settlements. As far as oil exploration/exploitation activities are concerned, Ikebiri kingdom has suffered from some of the negative impacts, especially oil spills. While some of the spills were attributed to third party interference, others were confirmed to have been caused by equipment failure. The current oil spill in contention was discovered by NAOC and the community later got the information.
A Joint Investigation Visit [JIV] was to be made to the spill site on Thursday, 19th February, 2015 but apart from community representatives, Agip and the other relevant agencies failed to appear. This necessitated the shifting of the JIV to the next day (Friday, 20th February, 2015). Although the spill was confirmed to have been caused by equipment failure; the JIV was inconclusive on Friday as there was disagreement on the volume of crude oil spewed into the environment, more so as the spill must have continued for a long time before it was discovered. The spill was left unstopped after the inconclusive JIV. Besides visiting the spill site on 19th February, 2015 ERA/FoEN followed up with phone calls to confirm the outcome of the JIV from community leaders.
Reject candidates who thwarted PIB, UNEP report on Ogoniland – ERA/FoEN
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has commended the the Hon. Ishaka Bawa-led 23 man- ad-hoc committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) for recommending the removal of discretional powers of the president to grant petroleum even as it urged Nigerian electorate to deprive lawmakers currently seeking re-election votes if they are found to have thwarted the PIB or the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland.
ERA/FoEN, in a statement issued in Lagos, said the decision became imperative in view of the delayed passage of the PIB and the controversies over several key clauses at both chambers of the National Assembly. The Hon. Bawa committee which found the discretionary powers removed recommended instead, a competitive bidding process, insisting that the controversial provision runs contrary to Section 191 of original bill. The committee also denies the Minister of Petroleum power to either serve as chairman or recommend to the president the appointment of boards of some agencies under the law.
ERA/FoEN Executive Director, Godwin Ojo said: “While we commend this move to ensure the spirit of the PIB is not whittled, we are determined more than ever before that the upcoming election is another opportunity for the electorate to demonstrate people power. Lawmakers who booby-trapped the PIB and the UNEP report implementation will not get the votes of the electorate”
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The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is “Think. Eat. Save”. Each word is loaded and stands alone, separated by unambiguous periods. That should get us thinking indeed. Many people in the world do not really think before eating. They are more preoccupied by the nagging question of where the next meal would come from. There are also a number of persons whose questions pertain to what to eat out of the myriad of choices on their sumptuous dining tables. And, of course, there are people to whom saving food is not a problem while to yet others there is simply no choice in doing that. There are others who wish to save but cannot do so either due to a lack of means to do so, or for the reason of current insufficiencies.
There is a lot of food for thought in just considering the theme.