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Location: Ikarama community, Okordia clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area, Bayelsa State
Occupation: The people depend on their environment for fishing, farming, weaving, hunting and logging activities.
Date of Visit: 10th August, 2014
Photo: Old spill site photo from Ikarama.
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria [ERA/FoEN] had to visit Ikarama in the early hours of Sunday August 10 following information that some youths in the community engaged as surveillance workers were dissatisfied with recent information from Shell and that they were threatening to sabotage oil facilities within the environment and cause spills. The visit became very urgent to confirm the development.
For long ERA/FoEN had monitored the Ikarama community environment and came to the conclusion that the frequency of oil spills was higher than in any other community in the state. It is important to note that ERA/FoEN has observed three main causes of spills in the community environment. They include: Operational failure [especially inside the Manifold], equipment failure and sabotage.
Abuja August 4, 2014
The systemic failure of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the horrendous oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “shameful”by a group of Nigerian and international organisations today.
A damning report, released today by Environmental Rights Action,Friends of Earth Europe, Amnesty International, Platform and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), exposes a shocking lack of action by Shell and the Nigerian Government to clean up the widespread pollution in Ogoniland, despite recommendations made by a major UN study three years ago today .
The UN Environment Programme published a scientific study on the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta in 2011 , exposingextensive oil pollution, severe health risks for the population – including previously unacknowledged pollution of drinking water – and fundamental failures in Shell’s processes for cleaning up oil spills.
Godwin Ojo of Friends of the Earth Nigeria said:“Three years on and the government and Shell have done little more than set up processes that look like action but are just fig leaves for business as usual.The lack of meaningful action in the face of incontrovertible scientific evidence is outrageous. The Nigerian government and Shell are quite simply getting away with environmental and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta.”
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Monday, 16th September 2013
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.