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Mobil to assist victims of oil spill

27 November 2012, 15:40

Akwa Ibom - Mobil Producing Nigeria on Monday said it would assist residents of coastal areas of Akwa Ibom affected by the recent oil spill.

Mobil's Manager, Government and Public Affairs,  Nigel Cookey-Gam, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that the gesture was aimed at promoting good neighbourliness with the host communities.

``Mobil has finalised plans to provide foodstuffs, water and other amenities to some coastal communities to help ameliorate temporary inconveniences they may have experienced.

``We are doing this to promote good neighbourliness,” Cookey-Gam said.

Mobil, an affiliate of US energy firm, ExxonMobil, on Nov. 9, discharged heavy volumes of oil into the Atlantic Ocean creating serious environmental discomfort.

The spill reportedly compelled the predominantly fishing communities along the coastline to suspend fishing activities to pave way for the mop up operations.

A statement from the oil firm in Eket on Nov. 22, said the firm had declared a ‘Force Majeure’ on its Qua Iboe crude streams.

The firm also said it could not meet its contractual obligations to crude oil buyers due to the  spill in its field.



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