The Coalition of Ijaw Women Voices (CIWV) is demanding that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and other oil exploration companies restore the environment and means of livelihood in polluted areas in the Niger Delta region.
It made the call following an alleged agreement to sell off (SPDC) onshore oil and gas assets to Renaissance African Energy.
This was contained in a Thursday communique issued by the all-female civil society group made up of women from Ijaw-speaking communities at the end of its meeting in Port Harcourt.
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Reading the communique, the leader of the group and Environmental Activist Annkio Briggs said that activities of SPDC and other oil companies have left their rivers and farms contaminated, leaving most of the women without a source of livelihood.
“We hold the Federal Government of Nigeria, the International Oil Companies, the Minister of Petroleum, and the Minister of Gas capable and responsible for the over 70 years of environmental destruction, devastations, and genocide through the reckless oil and gas exploration and exploitation of crude oil and gas flaring,” the communique read.
“We demand to know who will be held responsible for the remediation, reparation, and compensation for the devastations in the Ijaw territory.”
She wondered what the fate of these communities would be if President Bola Tinubu consents to the selling off of SPDC to acclaimed buyers without the company cleaning up the pollution in the Niger Delta region.
The group employed President Tinubu to carry the people of the Niger Delta region along in whatever sales transactions that are ongoing as regards SPDC onshore assets.
“We call on the Federal Government of Nigeria, the International Oil Companies, the so-called African Energy and other oil and gas interests to be transparent and accountable in their unacceptable plots to sell off the assets in our Indigenous lands,” it said, maintaining that the company’s activities for over seven decades have drastically affected the livelihood of women in the region who mainly survived with fishing and farming.
It also reaffirmed the call on the Federal Government to relocate the headquarters of all international oil and gas companies (IOCs) to the Niger Delta region.
“We hereby renew our decades-old calls to RELOCATE all oil and gas operations to the Niger Delta Region where most of the oil and gas resources and facilities are domiciled,” the group maintained.