Community Threatens ExxonMobil Over Oil Spill Clean-Up

The Ibeno community of Akwa-Ibom state,  host to Exxon Mobil, has given the oil major one week ultimatum to clean up the latest oil alleged spill from its facility or face sanction in the area.

A major bone of contention has been the inability/refusal of ExxonMobil to disclose the actual quantity of oil spill allegedly recorded from its installation at Ibeno when the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) of stakeholders visited the site of the spill weekend.

The Akwa Ibom State Government had in a meeting held on June 1, 2016 ordered the JIT comprising representatives from Ibeno community, ExxonMobil, Depthwize Nigeria Limited, NOSDRA and other stakeholders to investigate the latest oil spill reported in the area and the clean-up procedures.

Issuing the ultimatum for the clean-up, a representative of the Ibeno community in the team, Chief Okon Udofia, expressed displeasure over the exercise, describing it as inconclusive.


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