- A lawmaker has condemned the 'criminal activities' in the Niger Delta region
- Farah Dagogo alleged that Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has disregard laid down rules for the exploration of oil in the region
- According to Dagogo, SPDC has gravely undermined the economy of the country that is reliant on oil revenues from the Niger Delta region
A member of the House of Representatives from Rivers state, Farah Dagogo, has berated Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) for what he described as 'criminal activities' in the Niger Delta.
Dagogo who represents Degema/Bonny at the House of Representatives said the oil company's contemptuous disregard for laid down rules has gravely undermined the economy of the country that is reliant on oil revenues from the Niger Delta region.
The lawmaker also warned the company to do away with its double standards and 'stop talking out of both sides of the mouth stating that the House of Representatives will use the instrument of the law to correct all the injustices done to the Niger Delta region.
Dagogo said the latest claims by SPDC was bogus and a ploy to further deplete the revenue the company ought to provide to the National coffers by deliberately undermining '"he actual production per day and actual cost of production per day".
He also frowned at the IOCs modus operandi, where they do their costing in dollars with appaling disregard for the currency of the country they operate.
Taking a swipe at SPDC's general manager, external affairs, Igo Weli, for suggesting at a media workshop on Pipelines Right of Way, Encroachment and Vandalism in Port Harcourt over the weekend that the people of Niger Delta are responsible for the devastation and 'near zero development' of the region, the lawmaker said SPDC's activities in the Niger Delta region had not only abused the rights of the people and their source of livelihoods but also gambled with the future of the region.
In a statement signed on Tuesday, September 10, Dagogo recalled that in 2010, the vice chairman of the ethical affairs committee, Royal Dutch Shell, Bradford Houppe, in a public relations campaign, 'The I am sorry Campaign', publicly apologized and admitted the pains and criminal activities imported into the Niger Delta.
Dagogo said the company said it was sorry for the oil/gas spill, for making Niger Delta rivers toxic.
He said the company also apologised for the gas falres that stinks up villages and death of animals and fishes in the region's rivers.
"This public apology was done in the Hague, in the full glare of the world. Regrettably, some years down the line, a Nigerian, a son of the Niger Delta, in the name of Igo Weli, is attempting to rewrite history. Simply because he is the general manager, External affairs of SPDC," Dagogo said.
Accusing the company of "committing major xenophobic atrocities against the people of the region", the lawmaker said SPDC has unleashed unprecedented hell the people of Niger Delta region.
"Little wonder then why about a decade after Royal Dutch Shell public admittance, nothing concrete has been done. What reparation has been done?" he questioned rhetorically.
Dagogo also warned that SPDC's double standards and xenophobic activities are evident in the Belema oil field's Oil Mining lease, OML 25, with the alleged active participation of Igo Weli and some highly placed government officials.
"Look at the Belema Oil Field OML 25, what is all the fuss? The management of SPDC and their cronies in both federal and state executives, want to acquire the oil field by proxy. Since SPDC is diversifying to Offshore, why can't any of the indigenous companies handle the Belema Oil Field which is onshore? This is part of the problems in the region," the lawmaker said.
"Igo Weli should be reminded that before his employment by SPDC, he has had cause to lead a public protest against the activities of Shell in his community in Rivers state.
"What he fought against is now what he is encouraging in Kula kingdom. Unfortunately for him, I will liase with my colleagues at the National Assembly, we will use the instrument of the law to correct all the injustices done to the Niger Delta region."
"The SPDC and other IOCs, as well as their cronies in government, both federal and state executives, should know that Niger Delta and Rivers State in particular is not a conquered territory. Our gentility should not be misconstrued for cowardice," he concluded.
Meanwhile Legit.ng previously reported that a foundation focused on activities in the Niger Delta region had called on members of the Ogoni clean up committee to relocate to the region.
SING Foundation said it is important for the parties involved in the Ogoni clean up exercise to relocate from Abuja where they are mostly based to Ogoni area.
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