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This Day (Nigeria): Lawmakers Petition Presidency Over Oil Spillage

Okon Bassey,
Published: Aug 30, 2007

Worried by the refusal of the Anglo-Dutch oil Firm, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), to stop the spill from its corked oil well in Ikot Ada Udo Village, Ikot Abasi Local Government, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has written a petition on Shell and sent to the Presidency and the National Assembly.

The Assembly is appealing to President Umaru Yar’Adua to compel SPDC to without further delay, respond to the spill.

The state lawmakers who described action of the oil giant as “unholy act,” said quick intervention by the Presidency, National Assembly and lawmakers from the state in the upper and lower chambers of the National Assembly would save the situation from further deterioration.

Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Ignatius Edet who read the position of the members, also directed the Assembly Committee on Petroleum and Environment to ascertain the status of the oil well within one week

He pleaded with members of the affected community to remain calm, assuring that the state Assembly will definitely act, because it cannot watch the people suffer due to the spill, which had been on for over a month.

Chairman of the Petroleum Committee, Honourable Okon Uwah, said the affected oil well now emits smoke, in addition to oil and Shell has refused to either sell the well or exploit it in line with the Federal Government directive.

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