Abuja - The Federal Government has asked Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) to pay a total of N1.84 trillion( $11.5 billion) for the oil spill that occurred in its Bonga oil field in December 2012.
A breakdown of the fine showed that Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) ordered Shell to pay N1.04 trillion ($6.5 billion) as compensation to the communities affected by the spill while National Oil Spill Response and Emergency Agency (NOSREA) fined Shell $5 billion, about N800 billion for the oil spill incident, reports Vanguard.
Patrick Akpobolokemi, Director General, NIMASA, said the penalty is consistent with what is obtainable in other oil producing countries .
He lampooned Shell for trying to frustrate the agency’s moves to get to the site of the spill, noting that the agency had to step in immediately after the spill by providing relief materials to some of the affected communities.
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