Pollution: Shell replies Amnesty Int’l , says ‘We can’t implement UNEP report alone’

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Oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company has reacted to a statement issued by Amnesty International accusing it (Shell)of not implementing UNEP report on alleges environmental pollution in Ogoni land.

The company said inasmuch as it was making progress in implementing the United Nations Environment Programme report on Ogoniland, it cannot solely implement the report.

In a media statement issued today by Shell’s Media Relations Manager, Mr. Precious. Okolobo, said it would take the joint participation of all the stakeholders mentioned in the report to effectively implement the report.

Okolobo said in the statement, titled, ‘Shell Petroleum Development Company’s Actions on UNEP Report,’ that “The majority of UNEP’s recommendations require multi-stakeholder efforts coordinated by the Federal Government.

“However, it is important to emphasise that neither SPDC nor any other stakeholder is in a position to implement the entirety of UNEP’s recommendations unilaterally.”

UNEP report was released in 2011. In the report, UNEP called for the creation of an Ogoniland Restoration Agency and the creation of an Environmental Restoration fund for Ogoniland. It also asked Shell and other operators in the area to take steps to clean up the environment and decommission non-operational facilities.

The slow response of the various stakeholders in implementing the report has generated criticisims not only from the communities, but environmental rights groups.

But Shell, the largest operator in Ogoniland said, ‘Treating the problem of environmental contamination within Ogoniland merely as a technical clean-up exercise would ultimately lead to failure.

“Ensuring long-term sustainability is a much bigger challenge – one that will require coordinated and collaborative action from all stakeholders. “SPDC has an activity programme in place, focused on delivering improvements in the environmental and community health situation on the ground. We continue to work with the government, communities and a number of constructive NGOs and civil society groups in the Niger Delta to accelerate progress.”