Close To A Thousand In Akwa Ibom Demand Compensation From ExxonMobil After Massive New Spill

By SaharaReporters, New York

Close to a thousand residents of the Esit Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom on Monday staged a protest following a new oil spill reported at the Qua Iboe Oil fields.

 
A spokesman for the protestors described the damage: “The oil spill was so massive that the entire fishing gear we were using was soaked in crude oil and some of our members who were using small canoes in fishing had their boats capsized as they hurried away from the currents carrying the oil.
 
“With the waters contaminated, you can no long have any reasonable catch and even when you catch anything the fish would be oil contaminated and poisonous for consumption so the reasonable thing to do is to leave the waters for a while,” he said.
 
National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) confirmed a spill at the oil field operated by ExxonMobil at Ibeno in Akwa Ibom state of the Niger Delta region. Number of barrels spilled on Nov. 9 was unspecified.
 
Peasants, youths, women and farmers took part in the protest. They carried placards, marched to the palace of the Paramount and later to the official residence of the council chairman in Uquo, Esit Eket.
 
Chanting solidarity songs, the protestors were met by Paramount Ruler of Esit Eket, Chief Ubong Assam who pledged to convey their grievances to the oil firm.
 
At the residence of the local government chairman, the protesters displayed oil-stained fishing nets and gear damaged by the spill.
 
Speaking for the protesters, Mr. Ayanga Jonathan-Esibe laid out the grievances of the group to Chief Ibanga Etang, Chairman of the council area and lamented that frequent oil spills had crippled fishing in the area.
 
Jonathan-Esibe urged the leadership of the council to prevail on Mobil officials to take full responsibility for the spills.
 
“Mobil should immediately come to our aid and bring relief materials because the anguish the spill has inflicted on the fishing population along the coastline is unimaginable.”
 
In a response, the Chairman explained he had been briefed of the development by officials of Mobil and urged that protesters remain peaceful as the leadership of the local government would take up the matter with the appropriate authorities at the state level.
 
Etang promised that the local government would seek the means to assist the impacted people while it would engage the management of Mobil to assist those impacted by the spill.
 
He commended the peaceful disposition of the protesters and advised them to abstain from lawlessness as dialogue remained the best option in conflict resolution.
 

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Do not make statements you

Do not make statements you can't verify. Nobody burst pipeline go and find out how long that pipe has been buried under the sea. It must have corrode

PIPELINE INTEGRITY QUESTIONABLE

Government and our “Big looterlators” should Promote the development of incentive systems to encourage the oil industry to minimize environmental degradation arising from oil pipeline spills (in particular).From available records from DPR in Lagos (Not Niger Delta):The specific age of some of the pipelines are not known, and it was possible to make an objective correlation between the age of pipelines and their rate of rupture [10]. However, a large number of the oil pipelines in the Niger Delta area were put into operation in the 1960s and 1970's .As at the year 2000, pipelines older than 20 years constituted 73% of all pipelines while those over 30 years old accounted for 41% of the total network length. Reliability rating for pipelines less than 20 years in service was found to be about 46% while those above 30 years was about 25%. This shows a decline of about 21% and an overall declining pattern with ageing.

Re: Jeffery

Mr. Jeffery , uninformed people like you are already mentally deformed as evidenced by your derogatory statement on this platform. Needless to waste my time on people like you but for Nigerians who care to know, let it be emphasize again here that oil spill in the Niger delta region has been the last thing that both government ,those sharing the oil money at Abuja and the “Oliver Twist” will ever think of. The company said the leak has been cleared and it was investigating the cause of the leak but didn't give any details on the amount of oil production lost. Government should put or enforce appropriate guidelines for the maintenance and stability of the pipelines in the region which is becoming an issue. All pipes here are known to be old structure and many parts are in need of repairs. This is the reason, management of resources should be handed over to the people who are directly affected by this aspect.

@EMEM

If you're from a riverine area, u will know that we don't need diving gears to enter ocean; that's why sometimes i do wonder why Nigeria doesn't have representatives in swimming when it comes to the Olympics because there are lots of potentials in the riverine areas.

Emem, just like u, i'm also

Emem, just like u, i'm also from Akwa Ibom and guess where in AKS? The place where the oil is located.............Ibeno. So i know what am talking about.

1914 was a disaster. The stupidity and greed of the British

Hear ACF...“Nigerian democracy is not matured enough for state police which is subject to abuse by state governments against national unity. What is more, the states are not financially viable enough to manage state police.."

This underscores the latent fear within the Northern and cowardly Western countries of continent Nigeria...Fear that state police may metamorphose into state army and be a potent route to secession. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on the side you are, this secession is inevitable...

1914 is an aberration. There is no one continent with such gaping diversity and divergence of its peoples as u find in continent Nigeria. There is no basis for coexistence except that the parasitic North & cowardly West of continent Nigeria wud want to continue to feed on the wealth of the SS & SE countries. This is totally unacceptable to the SS & SE.
Long live the republic of the SS & SE

haba!

@Jeffry I dont think that should be ur first line of thought!haba!! And i am not saying it is not possible.

Jerry's Comment

Jerry, its quite unfortunate you have †̥☺ make a statement bereft of any form of reasoning. Did the villagers hire diving gears and dove †̥☺ the ocean floor with their hammers and pliers †̥☺ burst the pipes. Always try †̥☺ do a bit of research before making senseless comments.

na dem burst oil pipelines

na dem burst oil pipelines and then turned around to ask for for compensation. It's high time paying of compensation is put to an end by the federal government and see how news of oil leakage will drop drastically. Its like kidnapping business, when u don't negotiate with them, it will drop. Imagine if US and the UK government has been negotiating with kidnappers over their citizens being held hostage,na only foreigners dem for dey kidnap.

na dem burst oil pipelines

na dem burst oil pipelines and then turned around to ask for for compensation. It's high time paying of compensation is put to an end by the federal government and see how news of oil leakage will drop drastically. Its like kidnapping business, when u don't negotiate with them, it will drop. Imagine if US and the UK government has been negotiating with kidnappers over their citizens being held hostage,na only foreigners dem for dey kidnap.