World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Shell Abandons 32 Oil Wells In Nigeria

Shell Abandons 32 Oil Wells In Nigeria

ANGLO-Dutch oil and gas super major, Shell, has abandoned 32 of their oil wells in Akwa Ibom State axis of Nigeria, AkanimoReports gathered on Wednesday. Already, this is a matter of serious concern for the Godswill Akpabio Administration that is in need of more oil revenue to further lift the economic and social status of the hitherto civil service state.

Akpabio, who is currently pressing Abuja to ensure that the oil wells keep gushing, said theynare located in Oko, Okoroette and Utapete communities in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of the state.

The 32 oil wells were explored, sealed and abandoned 17 years ago by Shell.

Governor Akpabio renewed his appeal again on the abandoned oil wells on Tuesday when the Chairman of Eastern Obolo Local Government, Francis Charles, accompanied by stakeholders from the communities making up the UTAPETE Oil Field, paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Uyo.

The governor remarked, ''these oil wells were operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria 17 years ago, which have been locked up and now constitute a nuisance to and endanger the lives of the children of Eastern Obolo for so many years”.

According to him, “these oil wells are on-shore. I appeal to the Federal Government to plead with Shell Petroleum Development Company and the Minister of Petroleum Resources to do everything possible to get the wells functional and reopened so that business can enter into the towns, our children can have employment opportunities, our state can improve on on-shore oil capacity and so that some industries would come to Eastern Obolo”.

Continuing, he said, ''it is for the overall interest of Nigeria to improve on the daily production of oil and I don’t see any reason why so many millions of barrels of oil would not come in those seventeen years. If we do not re-open them now, they could be locked up for more seventeen years.

”So, I want to work with the Chairman, traditional rulers, stakeholders, immediate communities and Eastern Obolo as a whole to make sure that in the shortest possible time, the oil wells would spring up there. And I pray that the resources coming from there be not a curse but a blessing to the communities- bringing development, peace, harmony and not acrimony”, the Governor warned.

On the issue of boundary problems between Eastern Obolo and other surrounding local government areas, Akpabio said “I have noted your request to look into the issues of boundary between you and the local government areas that surround you such as Mkpat Enin, Onna and Ikot Abasi. I want to assure you that my Deputy Governor, Lady Valerie Ebe, who is a lawyer, would work with the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General and other legal practitioners to bring the issues to a conclusion”.

Adding, he said, ''most importantly, the issue of boundary adjustment is always a give-or- take matter and each is a matter for the Local Government Commission, the State Boundary Committee or a matter for the National Boundary Commission. So, since this is an intra state affair, I think we should be able to resolve all the issues.

”Be rest assured that Eastern Obolo, as one of the local government areas that was created and mentioned in the Nigeria’s Constitution, has come to be and what you want is a clearly defined boundary. So, this issue of disagreement with your brothers and sisters in the other local government areas would come to an end. What you are looking for is peaceful co-existence and harmonious living”, Akpabio observed.

Akpabio announced his intention to appoint a Special Assistant on Petroleum Matters to bring him information on the oil wells issue, which would be a time for more development, partnership between the Local and State Government, stressing that the people of Eastern Obolo would be fully briefed for half of information could lead to conclusion and they would be carried along.

Chairman of Eastern Obolo, said that the local government needed to enjoy the 32 oil wells that God has blessed them with, explaining that the wells were operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company and were shut down seventeen years ago due to challenges regarding the transportion of gas along Eastern Obolo through Ogoni, which led to a high level of crises that forced the shut down.

Charles said that company might have given other reasons. He also said that the communities are very receptive, working together peacefully and there is no reason for any problem between the communities and Shell.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>


Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:


US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Berlin Truck Attack And The Refugee Question

The hard-nosed neo-cons were certainly showing little interest in linking arguments, examining evidence, or even considering elementary logic in the aftermath of the Berlin truck attack near the Gedächtniskirche. With the bodies fresh in the morgue, former US ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, peered into the mind of the everyday German, and found teeth chattering fear. More>>


Demonetisation: Gordon Campbell On India’s Huge Socio-Economic Experiment

Without much coverage at all in the West, India has just been engaged for the past few weeks in one of the world’s biggest socio-economic experiments since the Cultural Revolution in China. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Death Of Fidel Castro

New Zealand likes to think we played our part – via the 1981 Springbok tour – in bringing the apartheid regime in South Africa to an end… Jacob Zuma treated the death of Fidel Castro at the weekend as an occasion to pay a heartfelt tribute to the thousands of Cuban soldiers who travelled across the world to inflict the first significant military defeat on the forces of white supremacy. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Election Home Stretch

Once again at the business end of a US election, the result will hinge on the same old bits of geography as always: the Five Crucial Counties in Ohio, the Two Crucial Counties in Pennsylvania and the I-4 Interstate Corridor in Florida that runs from Tampa Bay through Orlando to Daytona Beach. More>>

ALSO:

Meanwhile:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news