By Tordue Salem
ABUJAâ€”The House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution urging the Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) to pay the sum of N1 billion to Joinkrama 1 Community of Rivers State.
The community is a victim of an oil spill by SPDC that caused â€œdamages to waterways, farmland, and economic trees.â€
The resolution was part of a report by the Rep. CID Maduabum-led Committee on Public Petitions.
The report â€œurged Shell to negotiate with the Joinkrama Community with a view to determining compensation for damages to waterways, farmland, economic trees; since the spill in question did not originate from Joinkrama Community.â€
Amendment to its first recommendation by Rep. Betty Apiaffi (PDP Rivers State), also advised the government to engage independent experts to carry out an independent â€œimpact assessmentâ€ of the damages caused by the SPDC to the environment.
A similar report on a petition by one Chief Suobo against the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) also scaled.
The report sought, among other things, to have Agip â€œrestore the agreement the company reached with its landlord communitiesâ€, and â€œtake steps to initiate the award of bursary to deserving wards of its landlord communitiesâ€.