Before UN Climate Summit (COP26) ends in Glasgow: Nigeria’s climate catastrophe, hypocrisy, and the latest oil well explosion in Opu-Nembe, Nembe Local Government Area of ljaw land, in Bayelsa State, Nigeria.
The ljaw Diaspora Council, with global headquarters in Newark, NJ, calls on the international community’s conscience and the Nigerian Government to act immediately on the still-gushing oil and gas explosion in the waterways and mangrove forests of Nembe area of ljaw land, Nigeria before the global Climate Conference (COP26) rounds off in Glasgow.
Pastor Kenneth Tamara, Director of Public Relations, ljaw Diaspora Council in a statement from its headquaters I Newark, New Jersey, it says
“We call for international emergency action on the massive explosion of accumulated gas and oil from a long-sealed, non-producing. but unattended oil well in the Nembe area of ljaw land, Niger Delta Region of Nigeria…”
The Statement says the Interim inquiries from petroleum
experts indicate that the incident was caused by maximum pressure from piled-up gas in the well, which has witnessed several spills in previous years. This time, it is
“As described by the operator of the unattended oil well, Aiteo Eastern
Exploration and Production Ltd, a Ghanian-Nigerian oil giant that has been parading global awards for corporate social responsibility, “The magnitude of this incident is of
an extremely high order.”
“The indigenous peoples’ entire mangrove forest and marine environments are adversely affected by the same methane gas that world leaders have gathered in Scotland to cut emissions.
What is happening now in Nembe is the opposite of whatever the Nigerian Government promised as its nationally determined contribution to global climate action.
In a neighboring oil field, coastal communities in Brass Local Government Area in
Nigeria have also been ravaged for several weeks by gas spewing continually from
another conglomerate’s oil rig site named The Adriatic. There has been virtually no
official action from the petroleum and environment ministries and agencies, as usual
For strange considerations, including conflicted and incestuous interests, Nigeria’s
fossil industry regulators have routinely looked away as companies like Aiteo, Shell and Total routinely explore gas and pollute hundreds of ijaw, Ogoni, and other local
communities in the Niger Delta…”
Pastor Tamar agues that these disasters occurring during COP 26 are graphic
examples of Nigeria’s insincerity and lack of capacity for climate security, environmental justice, and indigenous minorities’ protection.
” We can no longer allow this catastrophic environmental destruction to go on without a consolidated international response.
Therefore, we call on the Presidency, the United Nations and United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP), and world leaders to take every immediate action
to cause the Government of Nigeria to stop the ongoing Nembe-Nigeria gas explosion in parallel with the COP26. We also call on G8 and OECD Countries and the international environmental rights and climate change movements to commence ecological remediatiorn and economic reparations and activate detailed investigations…”
The group call on the superintending Nigerian ministries and departments are too compromised to act to determine and sanction defaulting operators.
“Their officers and the recalcitrant regulators have encouraged their repeated crimes of ecocide.
Therefore, we demand that trusted international bodies lead the investigations, and commence ecological remediation and economic reparations.”
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