Lawmaker advocates due process in payment of compensation to victims of oil exploration

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Lawmaker advocates due process in payment of compensation to victims of oil exploration

The lawmaker representing Etinan state constituency in the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon Uduak Ekpo-ufot, has condemned in strong terms the flagrant disregard to labour laws and safety of citizens of Akwa Ibom State by Geo-Seismic Survey Limited in their ongoing pre-oil-exploration surveys in Etinan, Mkpat Enin, Onna, Eket, Nsit Ibom, Ikot Abasi, Nsit Ubium, Etim Ekpo, Urue-Offong/Oruko, Esit Eket, Eastern Obolo and Oruk Anam LGAs of the state.

His position was contained in a matter of Urgent Public Importance he brought before the house during Friday’s plenary.

In a motion tagged Geo-Seismic Survey Limited: Flagrant Disregard To Labour Laws and Destruction of Economic Crops, Properties and Underground Water from Boreholes in Etinan Local Govenment Area, the lawmaker described as disastrous and ruinous the effect of the operations – drilling of boreholes up to 35m to bury the dynamites and other data recording devices, underground detonations and blasting of the dynamites, wherein farmlands, economic crops wildlife have been seriously damaged.
The lawmaker also revealed that due to the ‘one meter excavations’ (Receiver & Shooting Lines) that traverse each of the aforementioned LG land mass areas, about 87 villages have been affected. Buildings have been cracked in the process in some villages in Etinan like Anyam Efa and Ikot Inyang, boreholes now pumping brown water in Nkana and neighbouring villages.

Other areas of destruction include fishponds in Ikot Abasi, half of the building of ‘Stopover Guest House’ in Ndon Eyo, Onna cracked, some economic trees and farmlands in Oruk Anam destroyed among many others.

The Assemblyman frowns at the fact that requests for assessment and enumeration of damages and compensation have resulted to intimidation and manhandling by security personnel in the services of the survey company.
Engr Ekpo-ufot requested the House to as a matter of urgency invite management of Geo-Seismic Survey Limited, federal ministry of Environment, state ministry of Environment, leadership of the affected LGAs and other relevant stakeholders for dialogue with a view to arresting the situation accordingly.

 

In its ruling House described as unwholesome, the activities of Geo-Seismic Survey limited, an affiliate of Stirling Oil limited which already has exposed residents of these areas to untold difficulties as a result of their ineptness and flagrant disregard to due process, pointing that the House and indeed the government of Akwa Ibom State shall not condone any form of subjugation on any part of the state and her citizens by any company, group or individual, whatsoever.

 

 

 

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