ALLEGED ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION: NHRC REASSURES NIGER DELTA COMMUNITIES OF PROTECTION

Posted: 2017-04-05


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reassured Akwa Ibom Oil Producing Community Development Network (AKIPCON) that it will not abandon the Special Investigation on alleged oil spillages, environmental pollution and human right abuses in the Niger Delta region

The Ag Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who gave this assurance when Apostle Ufot Phenson led a joint team of AKIPCON and Niger Delta Consolidated Forum (NDCF) on a courtesy visit to the Commission stated that the Commission has not given up its quest to ensure that the people living in the Niger Delta region have their environmental rights protected.

She however told the delegation that the Commission does not look into any matter before the court saying "we want to wait for the outcome of the cases in court".

In his remarks, the Director of Protection and Investigation in the NHRC, Mr. Abdulrahman Yakubu also assured the delegation that "the Commission would do everything within its mandate to ensure that the investigation is concluded" so as to have a safe and clean environment that will sustain the lives and the means of livelihood of the people of the Niger Delta region.

Earlier, Apostle Phenson who is also the President General of AKIPCON commended the efforts of the Commission so far in inaugurating the Special Investigation Panel on Oil Spill and Environmental Degradation which has held "four successful sittings before it was interrupted by some oil and gas companies through court processes".

According to the President General, "the NDCF and AKIPCON for the past ten years have been at the forefront of the struggle for the realization of compensation for losses suffered from the hazardous efforts of hydrocarbon pollution caused by oil and gas activities in the region, remediation of our battered environment and of recent the agitation for the extension of the clean-up exercise of Ogoni land to other communities in the Niger Delta states by the Federal Government".

Fatimah Agwai Mohammad

Chief Press Officer, NHRC

NHRC


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