Monday, September 19, 2011

Senators kick against $1bn FGN-Shell clean-up funds for N/Delta

Did the Senators read the UNEP report recommendation?  $1 billion was estimated for Ogoniland ONLY!

19 September 2011

*Condemns non-payment of payout to indigenes

ABUJA – Senators have expressed dissatisfaction with the $1 billion recommended by the United Nations, UN, for the clean-up of Niger Delta after years of oil spillage resulting from exploration activities of Shell Petroleum and other oil companies.

The senators, in a motion before the Senate, considered the $1 billion as too meagre for the total clean-up of the Niger Delta region after years of environmental degradation due to activities of oil companies in the region.

Senators Datti Baba-Ahmed, CPC, Kaduna North, and Esther Nenadi Usman, PDP, Kaduna, in the motion, condemned the omission of compensation for  people of the region, whom they said had lost much of their economic rights due to the oil spillages.

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