President Muhammadu Buhari made moves this week towards implementing the UNEP report on Ogoni land, which recommends urgent steps to take towards improving the conditions of the Ogoni people who have suffered devastation on their land, waters and health as a result of oil spills.
Amnesty International has however cautioned that the new administration’s efforts might come to nothing as Shell is yet to improve its mechanism and show increased commitment in tackling the issue.
In a statement released from its international headquarters, Amnesty International explained that Shell must match the Federal Government’s renewed commitment to tackling oil pollution in the Niger Delta by dramatically improving how it cleans up spills.
“It is scandalous that Shell – which now wants the world to trust it to drill in the Arctic – has failed to properly implement the UN’s expert advice on oil spill response after so long.
“President Buhari’s initiative will fail, and the Ogoni people will continue to suffer, as long as Shell fails to make significant changes to the way it approaches oil spill clean-up,” Mark Dummett, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Business and Human Rights, who has just returned from the Niger Delta stated.
Dummet stated that Ogoniland has been devastated by years of oil spills and Shell’s clean-up operations have been utterly ineffective, despite the UNEP report on the issue.