Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria limited (SPDC) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the Bodo community in Gokana local government area of Rivers State that will lead to the clean-up and restoration of Ogoniland. If the MOU works as the parties to the agreement said, it is likely to be the biggest clean-up and restoration exercise ever undertaken in a mangrove environment in the world.
The representative of Shell and former ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Bert Ronhaar said that the negotiation which has led to the MOU started two years ago.
According to Ronhaar, the people directly affected by the pollution will benefit from the clean-up and restoration. ‘We are confident that this world’s biggest oil polluted mangrove ecosystem will be cleaned up, remediated and restored and the people affected will benefit from the restoration of their common and economic livelihood. All parties should realise that this requires as well a full stop to re-pollution by mechanical failure, oil theft and illegal refineries.
Ronhaar added that the signing of the MOU is the first step in the mediation process which has achieved concrete results.
He said ‘the achievement today is the signing of MOU between the Shell and the Bodo community and the MOU will lead to the clean-up, remediation and restoration of the community located in Ogoniland.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
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