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allAfrica: Nigeria: Akwa/Ibom Assembly to Sanction Shell

Daily Trust (Abuja)
20 August 2007
Posted to the web 20 August 2007
Edet Ekanem
Uyo

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has vowed to sanction Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited if the company fails to appear before it to explain oil spillages at Ikot Abasi local government of the state.

The house gave the oil company until Wednesday to appear before it.
 
The Speaker of the House, Engr. Ignatius Edet made this known in Uyo when the company defied its invitation to appear before an executive session of the House last week.

The oil company had written to the house giving excuse that they were not ready to appear before it.

Infuriated by Shell’s response, the speaker promised to sanction the multinational company, adding that it was irresponsible of the company not to be sensitive to the plight of the people living in Ikot Abasi who have suffered hardship due to oil spillage in the last few weeks. Engr. Edet condemned the nonchalant attitude of the company and urged them to have a re-think.

“They should be humane enough to come and stop the oil spillage. We will give them till 10 a.m. Wednesday to appear before the executive session of the House of Assembly or else we will take a definite decision against them.”

The speaker said the company had no reason to have delayed action on the matter despite several calls by different bodies and government. He directed the clerk of the house to issue another letter to Shell to appear before the House.

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