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Reps Order Shell to Pay Ijaw $1.5b Compensation

AFTER decades of hues and cries of environmental degradation by the Niger Delta region caused by prospecting oil companies, hope for succour has risen as the House of Representatives has ordered Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Nigeria Limited to pay the sum of US$1.5 billion to Ijaw Aborigines of Bayelsa State as compensation for the untold hardship and environmental devastation it has brought the Ijaws since 1956. The House of Representatives issued this directive to Shell (SPDC) following the recommendation of a-four-man advisory legal panel which it set up to consider the petition filed by Ijaw Aborigines against Shell. Similarly, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Bukhari Bello has called on the oil company to comply forthwith with the recommendations of the legal advisory panel, by commencing the prompt payment of compensation to the to the Ijaw people. Full Story

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