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Nigeria: Bayelsa community protests at Eni's facility; says company has "not paid any royalties since the beginning of oil exploration there over 40 years ago" - Includes company response

 The community of Egebekiri in Bayelsa State in April protested alleged neglect by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), a subsidiary of Italian company, Eni. Community members protested at Agip’s Obama Flow Station, disrupting production. Chief Karibi MacDonald, an Egebekiri Community leader, said during the protest that Agip had yet to pay the community any form of royalty since it started oil exploration in the community over 40 years ago. Chief MacDonald said that the community was tired of writing fruitless letters to the company. He said that a Supreme Court judgment of July 13, 2007, confirmed the community as the legal owner of the land hosting the oilfield. He alleged that NAOC continued to give the community’s benefits to some persons in neighbouring communities, at the expense of the actual host community.

In response to the protests and allegations, Eni said “A family from Egebekiri community affirmed being the owner of an area where, in the past, NAOC had stipulated agreements with a different family.  A meeting with the community was held and it was decided to include the new family among the stakeholders” 

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Article
15 May 2017

Bayelsa community protests at Agip's facility over alleged non-payment of royalties and other benefits to community

Author: Sahara Reporters (USA)

"Nembe Community Disrupts Oil Production At Agip’s Obama Flow Station In Bayelsa State", 20 April 2017

The people of Egebekiri community in Nembe Local Government Area, Bayelsa State on Thursday protested Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s (NAOC) neglect of the community...Chief Karibi MacDonald, a community leader in Egebekiri, explained that the company has not paid residents of the community any form of royalties or related fees since beginning oil exploration there over 40 years ago. The community leader maintained that a Supreme Court judgment of July 13, 2007 had confirmed community residents as the legal owners of the land area hosting the oil fields. He added that NAOC has paid royalties and other fees to neighboring communities while ignoring Egebekiri...Ofabara Egebe, a daughter of the founder of the community, lamented that Egebekiri could no longer endure NAOC’s neglect while being exploited for oil...“We are tired of the suffering and injustices meted against us by Agip, that is why we decided to protest against the injustice today,” Mrs. Egebe said...Fillippo Cotalini, the media relations manager at Eni, the parent company of NAOC, declined to comment on the development.

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Company response
15 May 2017

Eni response

Author: Eni (Italy)

A family from Egebekiri community affirmed being the owner of an area where, in the past, NAOC had stipulated agreements with a different family.  A meeting with the community was held and it was decided to include the new family among the stakeholders... 

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