Anger over reports of Shell ‘Armageddon’ in Nigeria
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN communities affected by pollution blamed on oil spills by global energy firm, Shell, are outraged at allegations the company concealed data on the level of pollution in Ogoniland.
Kay Holtzmann, the German geologist hired by Shell, made the allegations.
“We are getting more revelation about Shell’s wickedness in Ogoniland,” said Fegalo Nsuke, Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).
“I call this an Armageddon.”
Nsuke said it was a “shame” that Shell tried to conceal atrocities against the Ogoni people for over 50 years and would not get any punishment from the Nigerian government outside a “meager” $1 billion dollar clean up funding recommended by United Nations Environment Programme.
He said livelihoods had been destroyed and none would be compensated while Shell and the Nigerian government continued to launder their image with a “lazy-loaded” clean-up programme after many have died from heavy pollution and many currently suffer from terminal illnesses.
“Shell should have been ashamed of her actions in Ogoni and act quickly to address this mess.”
Shell had not commented on the allegations.
Ogoniland is a region covering some 1 000 km² in the south-east of the Niger Delta basin.
It has a population of close to 832 000 according to the 2006 National Census, consisting mainly of the Ogoni people.
– CAJ News
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