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Mobil resumes cleaning of spill at Ibeno

02 October 2012, 12:06

Akwa-Ibom - The Mobil Producing Nigeria has resumed cleaning of the Aug. 13 oil spill on the Atlantic coastline in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom.

The oil firm suspended the exercise three weeks ago when the contractor could not complete the work on schedule.

The firm reportedly declined to extend the contract for the cleanup, thus compelling the contractors to vacate the site.

Mr Nigel Cookey-Gam, its Communications Manager, confirmed to NAN that the cleanup had resumed.

``The contractors have been engaged, and they deployed personnel at the weekend,’’ he said.

Mobil is the operator of the Qua Iboe oil fields in Ibeno.

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) had directed the company to clean the spill which it claimed was from an unknown source.

Sources at the host community in Ibeno, southern Akwa Ibom, told NAN that 60 indigent youths were engaged for the exercise for 10 days.



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