By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government not to include Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, in any body constituted to oversee the clean up exercise in Ogoni, Rivers State.
Executive Director of the organisation, Dr Godwin Ojo, in his opening remark at a colloquium, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the release of the recommendations of United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, on Ogoni-land, said that the alleged insistence by the oil company to sit on the Governing Council and Steering Board was worrisome.
He said that since the oil company was largely responsible for pollution of the area, it would be unfair for the same firm to be part of the team overseeing the clean up exercise.
Ojo also expressed fear on the seeming undue political influence Shell has on issues in the Niger Delta, stressing that this could derail the clean up process.