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Communities unite against Shell

10 March 2014, 18:21

Warri- Niger Delta Communities affected by the Shell Bonga oil spill in 2011 have agreed to work together to ensure adequate compensation by the oil giant.

The communities also agreed to drop any pending litigations against Shell and resolve their differences amicably.

The resolution was reached in Warri at a gathering tagged, ‘‘Dialogue Conference over the Impact of Shell Bonga Crude Oil Spillage of December 20, 2011.’’

The communities also agreed to support other communities outside the coastline in championing their grievances over the oil spillage if they had substantiated facts.

Monday Francis-Amoma, the Coordinator of the initiative bringing together communities affected by Shell Bonga in Niger Delta, said the forum was aimed at resolving the litigation against the oil company.

Francis-Amoma, who led chiefs and leaders of thought in the communities to the gathering, said that the communities were dialoguing with Shell to workout modalities of settling the dispute.

“The aim of the dialogue with Shell is to determine the quantum of the amount of compensation each of the affected communities would receive,'' he said.

 Francis-Amoma said that the spill affected the people, animals and environment.

 He commended the National Emergency Management Agency, National Oil Spill Response and Emergency Agency and the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency for assisting to facilitate the payment.

- NAN 

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