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Amnesty International: Shell’s claim over Niger Delta clean up false

Amnesty International said the claims by oil giant, Shell, that it has cleaned up heavily polluted areas of the Niger Delta have been are “blatantly false.”

Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) disclosed this in a new report published in Abuja, yesterday.

The report titled: “Clean it up: Shell’s false claims about oil spills in the Niger Delta,” documents ongoing contamination at four oil spill sites that Shell said it had cleaned up years ago.

Amnesty International said “the report is being published to mark the 20th anniversary of the execution, on 10 November, 1995, of the environmental activist and writer, Ken Saro-Wiwa, who campaigned tirelessly against the damage caused by the oil industry in the Niger Delta.

“By inadequately cleaning up the pollution from its pipelines and wells, Shell is leaving thousands of women, men and children exposed to contaminated land, water and air, in some cases for years or even decades.”

Mark Dummett, Business and Human Rights researcher at Amnesty International, said “Oil spills have a devastating impact on the fields, forests and fisheries that the people of the Niger Delta depend on for their food and livelihood. Anyone who visits these spill sites can see and smell for themselves how the pollution has spread across the land.”

The report also documents the failure of the Nigerian government to regulate the oil industry.

According to AI, the Federal Government’s watchdog, “the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), is under-resourced and continues to certify areas as clean that are visibly polluted with crude oil.

“As people in Nigeria and around the world remember Ken Saro-Wiwa and the eight other Ogoni leaders who were executed in 1995, Shell and the government of Nigeria cannot ignore the terrible legacy of the oil industry in the Niger Delta.”

Stevyn Obodoekwe, CEHRD’s Director of Programmes, said “for many people of the region, oil has brought nothing but misery. The quality of life of people living surrounded by oil fumes, oil encrusted soil and rivers awash with crude oil is appalling, and has been for decades.”

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93.Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism.He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002.Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013).He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers.He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor.Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.