Pay reparations to oil spill victims
From ELEKWACHI CHINEDUM, Abuja –
THE Federal Government has charged the various companies involved in environmental pollution as a result of oil spillage to adopt environmentally sound practices and to ensure that reparations are paid to victims of oil spills, including the need to clean up the polluted areas.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru who stated this when a delegation of Amnesty international paid him a courtesy visit in his office also noted that government is holding the oil companies involved accountable for their activities.
The minister stressed that Nigeria has had and would continue to have a very good working relation with AI, emphasizing that this fact does not support the allegation of Nigeria’s refusal to cooperate fully with the body.
Earlier, the Secretary-General of Amnesty International (AI), Mr. Salic Shetty, expressed dismay about environmental pollution arising from oil spills in the Niger Delta, demolition of houses in water fronts in River State and alleged human rights violations by Nigerian security forces in tackling the menace of Boko Haram.
The Amnesty International (AI) team is in Nigeria to present its report titled “Nigeria; Trapped in the Circle of Violence” which chronicles allegations of human rights by Nigeria’s security forces in dealing with the menace of Boko Haram.
Accompanying Mr. Shetty, were Mr. Eduard Nazarski (Director of Amnesty in The Netherlands), Mr. Chris Crawshaw (Director of the Office of the Secretary-General), Ms. Lucy Freeman (Interim Deputy Director – Africa Programme) and Mr. Makmid Kamara (West Africa Researcher, Africa Programme).
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