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Nigeria finally starts clean up of oil pollution

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Maggie Fick in Lagos: 2 June 2016

The Nigerian government is finally starting a long delayed clean up of the area which first brought the neglect of the country’s oil-producing communities into the global spotlight.

Millions of barrels of oil have been spilt since oil was discovered in the southerly Niger Delta region in 1956, with much of the environmental destruction occurring in an area known as Ogoniland. Over the decades there have been thousands of spills, many as the result of oil theft and sabotage, but activists say companies including Royal Dutch Shell have consistently failed to prevent or clean up spills.

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