Showing posts with label Niger Delta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Niger Delta. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

President Barack Obama Has Balls, But Nigerian Presidents Have None


"We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused," Obama said in an 18-minute speech. "And we will do whatever necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy." President Barack Obama said authoritatively.


I have only one simple illustration from a book to show that the brave President Barack Obama of the United States of America has balls, but Nigerian Presidents have none in addressing emergencies.

The failure of the Nigerian government to check the excesses of Chevron, Shell and other oil companies have made them to disregard their rules of engagement, because these oil companies spill more oil into the Niger Delta each year than was spilled as a result of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that devastated the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. President Barack Obama did not waste time to address the emergency and compelled the BP to pay.

"We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused," Obama said in an 18-minute speech. "And we will do whatever necessary to help the Gulf Coast and its people recover from this tragedy." President Barack Obama said authoritatively.

BP set up a $20bn compensation fund after the Deepwater Horizon disaster and has so far paid out 19,000 claims totalling more than $240m and BP's bill for containing and cleaning up the oil spill has reached nearly $10bn (£6.4bn).

President Obama did not need to commission the United Nations Environment Protection (UNEP) and did not pay for any assessment or disaster management report before compelling BP to pay for the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The oil industry has been a key sector of the Nigerian economy for over 50 years, but many Nigerians have paid a high price, as this assessment underlines," said Achim Steiner, U.N. under-secretary general and the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, which carried out the report.

Yet, our inept and incompetent government failed to prosecute the indicted Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Chevron and other

multinational oil companies to pay for the collateral damages they have been doing in the Niger Delta for decades.

The failures of the government and the impunity of the multinational oil companies provoked the rise of insurgency in the Niger Delta.




Friday, August 12, 2011

Is The Nigerian Government Scared Of Multinational Oil Companies?



Every administration of the Nigerian government has failed to prosecute the multinational oil companies destroying the communities of oil producing states in the Niger Delta.

The Nigerian Navy has failed to stop oil thieves from overseas who have been engaged in illegal bunkering and stealing hundreds of thousands of barrels of our crude oil. And multinational oil companies have not been paying all the required taxes. Chevron Nigeria Limited has been indicted for tax evasion and the mainstream news media compromised the ethics of the press by not publishing the scandalous impunity of Chevron and other multinational oil companies in Nigeria. Even when I wanted to pay for an advert on their crimes, the mainstream newspapers asked me not to identify them, because they did not want to lose the patronage of Chevron and other multinational oil companies.

See CHEVRON IN $10.8 BILLION TAX FRAUD IN NIGERIA
http://nigeriantimes.blogspot.com/2005/08/chevron-in-18-billion-tax-fraud-in.html

We have become the accomplices of the foreign powers plundering the Niger Delta?
Once they settle us, we will not report their evils.

President Barack Obama did not spare BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which flowed for three months in 2010.

Read the report on 50 years of oil spills in Nigeria on http://www.naijafeed.com/naijafeed/2010/7/26/video-50-years-of-oil-spill-in-nigeria.html.

See the Full text of President Obama's BP Oil Spill speech


The following is the CATALOGUE OF PETROLEUM OIL SPILLS IN NIGERIA'S NIGER DELTA






The Nigerian government has failed to support the Ogoni people in their quest to make Shell pay for the collateral damages done to their environment. What we have is a government of political hypocrisy in the masquerade of democracy.


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Saturday, August 6, 2011

UN confirms massive oil pollution in Niger delta


Photo Credit: From "Goodnight and Goodluck Jonathan: The Niger Delta Cries Out for EcoJustice" on Daily Kos.


4 Aug 2011 13:36 Africa/Lagos


UN confirms massive oil pollution in Niger delta

LONDON, August 4, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The oil company Shell has had a disastrous impact on the human rights of the people living in the Niger Delta in Nigeria, said Amnesty International, responding to a UN report on the effects of oil pollution in Ogoniland in the Delta region.


The report from the United Nations Environment Programme is the first of its kind in Nigeria and based on two years of in-depth scientific research. It found that oil contamination is widespread and severe, and that people in the Niger Delta have been exposed for decades.



“This report proves Shell has had a terrible impact in Nigeria, but has got away with denying it for decades, falsely claiming they work to best international standards,” said Amnesty International Global Issues Director, Audrey Gaughran, who has researched the human rights impacts of pollution in the Delta.


The report, which was conducted at the request of the Nigerian government and paid for by Shell, provides irrefutable evidence of the devastating impact of oil pollution on people's lives in the Delta – one of Africa's most bio-diverse regions. It examines the damage to agriculture and fisheries, which has destroyed livelihoods and food sources. One of the most serious facts to come to light is the scale of contamination of drinking water, which has exposed communities to serious health risks. In one case water was found to contain a known carcinogen at levels 900 times above World Health Organization guidelines. UNEP has recommended emergency measures to alert communities to the danger.


The report reveals Shell's systemic failure to address oil spills going back many years. UNEP describes how sites that Shell claimed were cleaned up were found by UNEP experts to be still polluted.


“Shell must put its hands up, and face the fact that it has to deal with the damage it has caused. Trying to hide behind the actions of others, when Shell is the most powerful actor on the scene, simply won't wash,” said Audrey Gaughran. “There is no solution to the oil pollution in Niger Delta as long as Shell continues to focus on protecting its corporate image at the expense of the truth, and at the expense of justice”.


The report's findings also expose the serious failure of the Nigerian government to regulate and control companies like Shell. UNEP found that Nigeria's regulators are weak and Nigeria's oil spill investigation agency is often totally reliant on the oil companies to do its work.


The Nigerian government, the oil companies, and the home governments of these companies, such as the UK and Netherlands, have all benefited from oil extraction in the Niger Delta and should now support a social and environmental rehabilitation process, said Amnesty International.


“This report should also be a wake-up call to institutional investors. In the past they've allowed Shell's Public Relations machine to pull the wool over their eyes, but they will now want to see the company cleaning up its act in the Niger Delta - that means putting real pressure on Shell to avoid spillages, compensate those already affected and disclose more accurate information on their impacts,” said Audrey Gaughran.


The UN report notes that there are other, relatively new, sources of pollution in Ogoniland, such as illegal refining but it is clear that Shell's poor practice stretching back decades is a major factor in the contamination of Ogoniland.


On 3 August 2011 it was widely reported that Shell had accepted liability for two major spills in Ogoniland in 2008. The spills at Bodo, which severely damaged the livelihoods of the community, have still not been cleaned up almost three years later.


Background


The oil industry in the Niger Delta started commercial production in 1958 following the discovery of crude oil at Oloibiri by Shell British Petroleum (now Royal Dutch Shell). Today, the oil industry is highly visible in the Niger Delta and has control over a large amount of land. Shell alone operates over 31,000 square kilometres.


The oil and gas sector represents 97 per cent of Nigeria's foreign exchange revenues and contributes 79.5 per cent of government revenues. Oil has generated an estimated $600 billion since the 1960s.


The oil industry in the Niger Delta comprises both the government of Nigeria and subsidiaries of multinational companies such as Shell, Eni, Chevron, Total and ExxonMobil, as well as some Nigerian companies.


According to the UN Development Program (UNDP), more than 60 per cent of the people in the region depend on the natural environment for their livelihood.


According to UNDP, more than 6,800 spills were recorded between 1976 and 2001, with a loss of approximately 3 million barrels of oil. Many experts believe that due to under-reporting the true figures may be far higher.


Under Nigerian regulations oil companies must clean up all oil spills. However these regulations are not enforced.


Notes to editors


• Photographs and footage of oil spills available on request


Source: Amnesty International





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