A seven day ultimatum has been issued to authorities of ExxonMobil by stakeholders in Eket Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom State, demanding the full payments of N26.5 billion as compensation for oil spillage in four local government areas in the area or risk mass protest and action.
Arising from a meeting in Eket, the communities, under the aegis of Eket Federal Constituency Vanguard (EFCV), said it was absurd that the multinational oil firm could renege on its earlier promise by offering to pay a paltry N2.6 billion as compensation.
A communiqué, dated October 16, 2013, and signed by representatives from the four oil bearing communities namely Isaiah Abia(Esit Eket), William Mkpa(Ibeno), Ime Utin(Onna) and Udo Bassey (Eket) was issued to press home their ultimatum to the oil giants. The group said the amount was grossly inadequate for damages caused by the 400,000 barrels of crude oil spillage of November, 2012 which resulted in mayhem on the economic lives of the coastal communities. The seven-day ultimatum expires on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
The paramount rulers had on 25th September, 2013, condemned an overture of N2.6 billion offered by the oil giants. The communities was acting based on an earlier communiqué jointly issued by the paramount …
Source: National Mirror