– ExxonMobil get 7-day ultimatum to implement oil spill MoU
MILITANTS yesterday blew up the Batan Flow Station located at Warri Southwest Local Government Area of Delta State. The perpetrators, who stormed the flow station owned by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in the early hours of Wednesday, blew up the station, known to be one of the biggest in Niger Delta region, with dynamite. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the act, just as effort is being made by security operatives to unravel the perpetrators. Sources said the area had been cordoned off by security agents as staff of the company had been evacuated from the scene of the incident. Meanwhile, an Ijaw opinion leader, Comrade Sheriff Mulade has condemned the act, describing it as an unpardonable offence. “It is shocking that this evil act is being perpetrated few hours after President Muhamamdu Buhari held peace meeting with leaders of the Niger Delta region. “This is not part of the Niger Delta struggle for emancipation. Buhari means well for the people of the region and should
be given the chance to actualise that peace process,” Mulade said. Furthermore, Mulade enjoined community leaders and peace lovers to join hands and expose the perpetrators of the act. “No sinner must go unpunished; perpetrators of this shameful and evil act of retrogression must be made to face the law and pay for their sin, he added. .ExxonMobil get 7-day ultimatum to implement oil spill MoU Youths in Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom have given Mobil Producing Nigeria, MPN, Unlimited, seven days ultimatum to implement the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, it signed with them or face serious action that could cripple oil and gas activities in the area. Addressing journalists in Uyo yesterday, the president of Esit Eket Frontline Youths Movement, EEFYM, Comrade Akan Etteudo said the ultimatum became expedient because Mobil had refused to honour the MoU it reached with the community regarding the deployment of oil spill compensation funds to the development of educational infrastructures in Esit Eket. “It is with displeasure that we resort to use this medium, on behalf of the entire youths of Esit Eket to press home our grievances. As youths of the host community we believe in peaceful coexistence as violence does not does not bring anything good,” Etteudo lamented. He recalled that a number of schools scattered around Esit Eket were brought down for renovation in line with the earlier agreement that compensation arising from the oil spill that devastated the area should be deployed to developing educational infrastructures in the area. “In November 2015, your oil organization entered into an agreement with our community to make available some amount of money to cushion the effect deadly effects of unchecked oil spillage, which came in the form of developmental projects. “And paltry sums were made available with n assurance from company that the balance would be paid to enable the local contractors and resource persons complete the job. But up till now, your company had failed to honour the agreement, forcing the contractors to abandon the contracts,” he said. Also ahead of the West African Examination School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, billed for November\December 2016, the Esit Eket chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, has expressed dismay at what it described as Mobil’s non-commitment to the project. A statement by the Esit Eket branch chairman of NUT, Comrade Effiong Asuquo Ekong, lamented that students had been learning under trees following the demolition of their schools by contractors hired by Mobil for the projects. According to Ekong, “Our enquires from various contractors revealed that the financiers, Mobil Producing Nigeria, MPN, Unlimited to release the third milestone payment to contractors to enable them complete the projects on time was not forthcoming, which is one of the reasons they abandoned the project.” Meanwhile, a non-governmental organisation committed to alleviating poverty in the Niger Delta has demanded the immediate implementation of the oil spill compensation deal Mobil reached with the affected communities. Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risks Reduction, NAPDRR, in a statement made available to reporters in Uyo decried Mobil’s action against its host community, warning that any ripple effect of such negligence could aggravate tension in the area that might lead to unpleasant consequences. According to Hon. Al Mustaper Emem Edoho, the president general of the NGO, Mobil should honour the agreement in the best interest of primary and secondary schools pupils. “Our concern that is very worrisome to us, is that most of the school children their classes \lectures under the trees, one month after resumption of academic session. As a corporate socially responsibly company, it is against the UNESCO Convention to subject schools’ children to such inhuman conditions,” he stressed.