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Shell must be held accountable for their unmitigated destruction of Nigeria’s coastal land and riverines after 65 years of sojourn in Nigeria.

Shell, a multinational oil company, has been a dominant player in Nigeria’s oil industry for the past 65 years. Despite its significant contributions to the country’s economy, Shell must be held accountable for the unmitigated destruction of Nigeria’s coastal land and riverine due to its operations. This issue has been extensively documented in numerous reports, both local and international, highlighting the devastating impact of Shell’s activities on the environment and local communities within the Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta States of Nigeria.

The damage caused by Shell’s operations in Nigeria is evident in the destruction of vegetation, sea animals, and fish along the creeks and canals in the affected areas. The oil spills and leaks resulting from Shell’s activities have contaminated water sources, destroyed habitats, and disrupted the delicate ecological balance of the region. This has had a profound impact on the livelihoods of local communities who rely on these resources for their sustenance and economic well-being.

Furthermore, the environmental degradation caused by Shell has also had far-reaching consequences on the health and well-being of the people living in the affected areas. The toxic pollutants released into the environment as a result of Shell’s operations have been linked to various health problems, including respiratory issues, skin conditions, and other serious ailments. The lack of clean water sources and the contamination of food supplies have further exacerbated the health risks the local population faces.

In addition to the environmental and health impacts, Shell’s activities have led to social unrest and conflict in the region. The exploitation of natural resources by multinational corporations like Shell has often resulted in heightened tensions between indigenous communities and the government, leading to protests, violence, and displacement of populations. The lack of consultation and consent from local communities in decision-making processes related to oil extraction has further exacerbated these social tensions.

Shell must be held accountable for the environmental devastation and social harm it has caused in Nigeria over the past 65 years. The company must take responsibility for its actions and work towards mitigating the damage done to the coastal land and riverines in the affected areas. This includes implementing measures to prevent future oil spills, cleaning up contaminated sites, compensating affected communities for their losses, and engaging in transparent and collaborative efforts with local stakeholders to restore and protect the environment.

Now that Shell plans to sell off its assets and move offshore, possibly out of Nigeria, its unmitigated destruction of Nigeria’s coastal land and rivers is a stark reminder of the urgent need for accountability and responsible corporate behaviour in the oil industry. The Federal Government of Nigeria should hold them accountable and make them clean up the environmental mess they are leaving behind, as well as make them pay for all the harm done to the land.

The company’s long history of environmental degradation and social harm in Nigeria should serve as a wake-up call for prioritising sustainability, community engagement, and environmental protection in all industrial activities. Shell and other multinational corporations operating in similar contexts must take concrete steps to rectify the damage done and uphold their commitment to the well-being of the environment and local communities.



The designations employed in this publication and the presentation of materials herein do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever of the Publisher (Nze Ikay Media) or its employees concerning the legal status of any country, its authority, area or territory or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers. Equally, the sketches, images, pictures and videos are gotten from the public domain.

Nigeria is an Enigma. The capacity to gain an accurate and deep understanding of her is undoubtedly God’s endowment to us, her citizens. As a citizen of this lovely nation, I’ve spent decades of my life trying to understand this, Mirage. Hope someday, this Mystery that houses about 250 million blacks will be globally understood, widely accepted, and given the opportunity to play its vital role in the world stage. So, help us God! #NigeriaDeservesBetter #AfricaDeservesBetter

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