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Senate responds to Shell compensation to Bodo community

08 January 2015, 19:28

Abuja - The Senate Chairman of Environment and Ecology, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed mixed feelings over Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited's (SPDC's) $84 million compensation to the Bodo Community in Ogoniland.

He said as commendable as these recent developments were, it was also crucial to point out the fact that without clear-cut and sustainable policies in place, such compensation might only be one-off occurrences.

"What Nigeria needs right now to operate in line with international best practices is a comprehensive law that works to ensure that oil-spill compensations are not arbitrary, but equitable for all affected parties,” Saraki said in a statement issued by his media office on Thursday.

Also read: Shell strikes Nigerian oil spills compensation deal

According to the statement, as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Saraki led members of the committee on an unscheduled oversight visit to the Niger-Delta region to inspect and assess the impact of oil spills in the area.

Saraki and the other members of the committee made a firm commitment that they would do “everything in their power” to ensure oil-spills did not go unpunished and victims were compensated”.

“Senator Saraki and the members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology have continued to work tirelessly to ensure that Shell and other concerned multinationals delivered on their pledges to compensate the victims,” his office said.

- CAJ News


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