Akwa Ibom - Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) said on Wednesday that it had extended the clean up period for the areas affected by oil spill in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom, by 10 days.
Mr Nigel Cookey-Gam, MPN’s Communications Manager, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket that the extension was to allow for a thorough job.
Besides, Cookey-Gam said that plans were on to assist victims of the spill.
Chief Okon Akpanowong, a member of the panel to determine the extent of the spill and compensation for victims, said that the 10 days earlier earmarked for the job was not realistic.
Akpanowong said that for a thorough job to be done, the clean up ought to last for 30 days.
“From the magnitude of the spill, we expect the mop up exercise to last for 30 days.
“But Mobil says that it prefers to structure the contract in tranches of 10 days not to exceed its budgetary limit,” Akpanowong said.
NAN recalled that the initial 10 days approved by the firm for the clean-up lapsed on Nov. 25.
The spill, which occurred on Nov. 9, is being cleaned up by Mobil’s 500 personnel.