Host communities rise against sale of Mobil assets in A’Ibom

By Paulinus Nta

Host communities have asked the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, NUPRC to halt Mobil Nigeria Producing Ultd, Agip, Shell and other oil companies operating in the Niger Delta Region, from their perceived divestment plan till all their liabilities are settled and the degraded host communities restored in good states.

In a statement, the Executive President of Network Advancement Program for Poverty, Disaster Risk Reduction, NAPPDRR, a watchdog environmental justice group, who spoke for the host communities in Akwa Ibom, Mobil has sold about 26 oil wells and are making plans to divest from their operations without settling backlogs of liabilities.

These include huge environmental damage claims in Federal High Courts, unpaid judgement debts of Mobil spy policemen, farmers, fishermen and host communities in Akwa Ibom core host communities etc.

He also alleged that Mobil has sold their shallow water assets to SEPLAT, another oil producing company and is surreptitiously trying to exit the operations without settling the huge liabilities arising from what he described as injurious environmental acts.

He however expressed confidence in the courts of justice where the host Communities have gone to seek redress over environmental damage and protection.

He also expressed optimism that the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission will come to their aid and cause the OICs to settle their debts and return the host communities, which they are representing, to good state.

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