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Nigeria oil spills: Shell rejects liability claim


October 11, 2012

The Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has rejected claims by four Nigerian farmers that it should pay compensation for damage to their land.

The farmers are suing the company in a civil court in The Hague, claiming oil spills ruined their livelihoods. Shell‘s lawyers told the court it could not be held liable because most spills were caused by criminal damage.

They said repairs were hard to carry out because of insecurity in the Niger Delta. Shell lawyer Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk told the court that sabotage and oil theft were widespread in the region.

The case is being brought against Shell by the farmers and the Dutch arm of the environmental group Friends of the Earth. It is the first time a Dutch multinational has been taken to a civil court in the Netherlands in connection with damage caused abroad. The case is linked to spills in Goi, Ogoniland; Oruma in Bayelsa State and a third in Ikot Ada Udo, Akwa Ibom State.


Earlier, Channa Samkalden, lawyer for the Nigerians, told the court that Shell had failed to maintain its pipelines, clean up leaks and prevent pollution. “Shell knew for a long time that the pipeline was damaged but didn’t do anything. They could have stopped the leaks,” she said. Judges are now considering the evidence and a ruling is expected early next year…Read more.

Nigeria: Akwa-Ibom to Domesticate Laws

Uyo, Oct 17, 2011 (This Day/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — Akwa Ibom State Government yesterday unfolded plans to domesticate the Fiscal Responsibility and Public Procurement Laws to ensure due process is adhered to in the handling of government financial matters and transactions.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, gave the assurance at a two-day sensitisation workshop for top government functionaries, including commissioners, permanent secretaries and directors in the state.

Already, he said the uncommon transformation of the state under Governor Godswill Akpabio could be attributed to the due process agency of the state government which has desks in most of the state ministries.

Umana noted that the workshop organised by the state Ministry of Economic Development in collaboration with Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United Nations Development Programme for top government officials in the state was timely.

I want to assure the UNDP and other development partners that Akwa Ibom is on the right track and path. Some state governors are facing Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) now because they did not follow due process in contract award“, he stated.

The Commissioner for Economic Development, Barr Jerry Akpan, explained that the programme aimed at sensitising top government functionaries on fiscal responsibility and public procurement laws was part of Akpabio’s vision of entrenching probity, accountability and good governance in the administration of the state. Akpan said the fiscal responsibility and public procurement law was a result of the public service reforms within the economy and complementary versions of public financial management strategies. Although the federal government passed the laws in 2007, he observed that the inability of all the states to pass the laws had greatly hampered the success of the war against corruption in the country…Read more.

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