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




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By NAN

  Eket Federal Vanguard has rejected N2.5 billion oil spill compensation offered by ExxonMobil to affected Eket communities.

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

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

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

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

The communiqué also demanded immediate 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 be allowed to select their projects and consultants.

“The compensation be made to reach the communities and individuals to 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 to respond later.