By Ben Wuloo Ikari
I hope Oloibirians (Niger Delta of Nigeria) would not sit tight and allow $hell to return to their land after about 40 years of reckless exploration, exploitation; poverty, environmental damages, diseases, death; total abandonment, and endangerment.
The company is not honest to have said it left the area due to disagreement. $hell hurriedly dried off the oil fields there and exited without paying the inhabitants a dim of royalty or rent, nor trust fund.
If it is true that disagreement was responsible for stoppage, how come it did not leave Ogoni and several other Niger Delta communities which had registered and are still registering serious disagreement to the point that the company seek the heads of community leaders?
$hell ordered the Nigerian mobile police to shoot and kill over 80 indigenes of Umuechem, including their chief in the 80’s. $hell also killed uncountable Niger Deltans (particularly with gas flares and other pollutants from its reckless oil exploitation), before ordering the Ogoni massacre and hanging of Ken Saro-Wiwa and 8 others to allow for smooth operation.
What a misjudgment that was! The community they have intended to resume operations have nothing after these years to show for their enormous wealth carted in their eyes but a proposed museum that is still laying undeveloped and has become a safe haven for reptiles of all species. No drinkable (pipe-borne) water or electricity.
Therefore, Oloibirians, please, be wise and say no to $hell and its greed; no to death, do not be made an object of mockery again! Do not let $hell return to your land as the company is unrepentant. If you let yourselves down and play with $hell (S)Hell you would have yourselves to blame and posterity would ask you why.
Ben Wuloo Ikari.
Ben is the author of two recently published books: –
Inspiration: Speak Your Mind by Ben Wuloo Ikari (Paperback – Feb 17, 2006)
Ken Saro-wiwa And Mosop: The Story And Revelation by Ben Wuloo Ikari (Paperback – Mar 14, 2006)
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Nigeria: Shell Company Goes Back Olobiri
Daily Trust (Abuja)
August 1, 2006
Posted to the web August 1, 2006
After several years of suspending oil exploration at Olobiri, Bayelsa state, Shell Petroleum Development Company has announced plans to commence exploration work in the community.
Production in the Niger Delta will rise by 500,000 barrels per day by the third quarter of 2006, the federal government hopes. Olobiri holds the ace for crude oil discovery in Nigeria Shell having made the first oil discovery in Nigeria there in 1956. The first oil export followed in 1956 but Shell abandoned the place some years back due to a disagreement they had with the local community.
Announcing the company’s intention to resume oil exploration at Oloibiri yesterday in Abuja at the on-going 30th Annual conference of the Society of Petroleum Engi-neers (SPE), Shell Managing Director, Mr. Basil Omiyi, said “Olobiri, for us remains the metaphor for oil and gas. We have two exploration wells for 2007 and 2008”. He did not explain how Shell intends to reconcile with the host communities. Speak ing at the occasion, Minister of State for Petro-leum Resources, Dr. Edmund Daukoru, whose remarks dwelt on “Nigeria’s Role in Global Energy Balance-From Oloibiri to Deep Offshore and Beyond” had taken participants through the history of oil development in Nigeria with Oloibiri at the centre of a historic breakthrough in oil and gas.
According to the minister “Nigeria’s oil reserves by the late 90’s was about 28 billion barrels. Discoveries in deep water concessions has not only added 7 billion barrels of oil to the national res-erves but also about 26tcf out of the total of 187tcf of gas within a period of seven years. World oil demand in 2005 averaged 83.10mbd. Non OPEC supply in 2005 amounted to 54.49mbd while OPEC produced 29.88mbd in the same period. Expected rise in global demand in 2006 is about 1.40mbd to reach 84.50mbd. Demand for OPEC crude is expected to average about 30mbd. OPEC is therefore strategically positioned to cope with the energy needs of a fast growin g global economy.”
Against the foregoing scenario, Daukoru said Nigeria is positioned to play an important role in OPEC’s effort to keep the international market well supplied in 2006 under normal conditions, adding that key production projects in deep offshore areas of the Niger Delta were expected to raise production by 500,000 barrels per day by the third quarter of 2006.