Some Niger Delta youth have urged the Nigerian Government to compel Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, SNEPCO, to compensate fish farmers affected by the oil spill from its Bonga facility.
The President, Conference of Niger Delta Youths Representatives, CNDYR, Harry Johnson, made the call in an interview in Uyo on Sunday.
He recalled that the National Assembly had passed a resolution on November 26, directing the oil company to pay four billion dollars compensation to five states impacted by the spill.
According to him, SNEPCO has failed to obey the directive.
Mr. Johnson said that the spill from the company’s facility offshore discharged about 40,000 barrels of crude oil into the Atlantic Ocean on December 20, 2011 which affected coastal Niger Delta states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo and Rivers.
He said the Bonga oil spill caused untold hardship to the fishing communities in the states.
He, however, commended the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, for recommending the payment of the compensation and the National Assembly for its resolution on it.