Tuesday, 25 July 2017

House of Reps orders ExxonMobil to pay Akwa Ibom community for oil spills

Members of the House of Representatives have authorize that the management of ExxonMobil to compensation to the people of Inueyet Ikot, Iwokpom and Ndito Ekaiba communities of Akwa Ibom State due to the destruction of farmlands and aquatic lives in the area in the process of oil exploration by the company.

ExxonMobil is a major international oil company in Nigeria which engaged in oil exploration in Akwa Ibom State from its Quo Iboe Terminal facility in Ibeno Local Government Area of the State.

    The House also authorize the Chairman/Managing Directors of ExxonMobil to appear before its committee on Environment to talk to members about the steps taken to clean up oil spillages in the affected communities.

    ExxonMobil were also asked to provide relief materials to the affected communities and henceforth adopt international best practices in its mode of operation to avoid oil spillages. 

    Owoidighe Ekpoattai move the motion and said that "Major oil spills believed to have emerged from ExxonMobils facility in Iwokpom have destroyed farmlands and aquatic lives and caused bad effect on other maritime activities."

    The matter was subject to vote by the Presiding Officer, Mr. Yusuf Lasun and it got the support of the lawmakers.

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