Eket community rejects ExxonMobil’s N2.5b oil spill compensation




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By NAN

 The Eket Federal Constituency has rejected the N2.5 billion oil spill compensation offered by ExxonMobil affected Eket communities.

The oil spill, recorded on November 9, 2012, caused up  200,000 barrels of oil, spilled on the Atlantic coast.

In a communiqué made available the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday after its town hall meeting in Eket, the  demanded immediate release of the N26.5 billion earlier promised by ExxonMobil.

The condemned alleged lies, insults and abuses on the community by ExxonMobil in the course of the oil spill.

The community, subsequently, gave ExxonMobil seven days ultimatum meet to all its demands or risk an indefinite protest against the company’s operations.

The communiqué also demanded immediate employment of 100 graduates by the company from the host communities of Eket, Esit Eket, Ibeno and Onna.

“Henceforth, oil spills would be paid in dollars and communities should be allowed select their projects and consultants.

“The compensation should be made reach the communities and individuals to make up for their losses,” the communiqué said.

When NAN contacted Mr Akaninyene Esiere, the Public Affairs Manager of Mobil at the Qua Iboe Terminal in Ibeno, he said that he had noted the inquiry, promising  respond later.