The Ibeno Community that followed ExxonMobil, Depthwize Nigeria Limited, NOSDRA and other stakeholders to the Joint Inspection Team (JIT), to oil spill site has expressed displeasure over the exercise in the state.

The Chief Okon Udofia, the Ibeno Community representative stated this to newsmen in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Saturday, noting that the exercise was inconclusive.

Udofia, however, disclosed that the JIT was inconclusive because ExxobMobil could not give the quantity of barrels of crude oil spilled to the coastal region of Ibeno communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), recalled that the JIT was ordered by Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom during a meeting held at the Ministry of Environment on June 1.

He alleged that oil giant company tactically refused to disclose the quantity of barrels of crude during the oil spill in the area.

The Ibeno community representative said that the community gave ExxonMobil one week ultimatum to clean up the oil spill or faced sanctioned in the area.

He explained that (NOSDRA), regulator said that if the quantity of barrels of oil was not determined, the JIT was “out rightly inconclusive.”

Udofia outlined factors that determined JIT to include, source of the spill, the volume of crude that spill and the areas that were impacted by the oil spill.

“The barrels of spill was another controversy, based on production data’s that will be giving to us by ExxonMobil to determined the cause of volume of oil but was not done.

“We were able to determine the area where the oil spill impacted; ExxonMobil was supposed to commence clean-up but up till now nothing had been done,’’ Udofia said.

He noted that during the exercise the sample and evidence of the communities impacted, were marked out by the team for possible clean-up but nothing happened.

“We have sample and evidence of all the areas where oil spill impacted, we were able to mark out areas that were impacted for possible clean-up by ExxonMobil but nothing happened,’’ Udofia said.

Udofia, further added that the concerned of the impacted communities were for the environment to be remediated by oil giant company.

In his remarks, Mr Enyi Udeogu, the State Director of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), declined to comment on JIT carried out by stakeholders.

Udeogu said; “you are not my Boss, I will talk to my Boss, the outcome of the meeting, I am sorry I cannot help you.”

Responding, Mr Ogechukwu Udeagha, the Manager, Media and Communications of ExxonMobil, said the company had been elected to oversee the clean-up of the beach damage caused by the Depthwize Drilling Rig Monarch.


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