Ogoniland lost N4t to oil pollution in 60 years, CSO claims

Rosemary Nwisi, Port Harcourt

The Founder and President of Ogoni Liberation Initiative (OLI), a civil society group in Nigeria concern with ensuring the restoration of Ogoni polluted environment, Dauglas Fabeke has said that Ogoniland has suffered an estimated economic loss over N4 trillion due to oil spill in the last 60 years.

Fabeke who spoke in a news statement in Bori town in Khana, Local Government Area of Rivers state, the claim followed a report of a private evaluation his Organization conducted in the four Local Government Areas of the state recently.

He said the ecinomic evaluation exercise was meant to ascertain the volume of damages in the area by environmental degradation caused by failure of the Federal Government (FG), and the polluter, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), to clean up oil spill sites, including water bodies and remediate them for productivity.

Speaking during the event, the Ogoni indigenes said, “we embarked on a practical and professional…

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