Edet EDET- Eket.
ExxonMobil’s oil spill contractors on Friday protest against non payment of 2013 oil spill compensation in the area.
The oil spill contractors carry placards with inscription “ExxonMobil pay us our 50 per cent oil spill 3rd milestones.”, No to environmental pollution, we want 50 per cent 3rd milestones money paid.
Other inscription reads “Mobil must pay us our money”, “ExxonMobil stop lying, there is no court injunction pay us.”, “Mobil stop deceiving us.”
iReporters gathered that activities at ExxonMobil Airstrip was disrupted due to the protest.
The spokeman of the oil spill contractors, Mr Duke Dike said that the company have marginalised Eket people over non payment of the third milestone SP2 project.
He said that “this is a warning protest, if by the end of today, we don’t receive alert, we will commence full protest and bring traditional injunction to block the airstrip.
“The oil spill that occurred since 2013, it took ExxonMobil just last year to pay the first milestone and take another eight months before paying second milestone.
“The first and second milestones which is 25 per cent and 15 per cent respectively had been paid but the third milestones is yet to be paid.
“Without protest Mobil will not pay SP2 project money. For one year and eight months project it took the company to pay second milestone which is 15 per cent.
“And the third milestone which is 50 per cent, ExxonMobil is yet to pay after one year eight months, ” Dike said.
He however, expressed dismay that the company had paid the consultant and told the consultant not to pay the money to the community.
Dike explained that three core oil communities which comprises of Ibeno, Onna and Esit Eket had been paid but Eket yet to receive theirs.
Dike called on the management of ExxonMobil to urgently pay the remaining 50 per cent to the community or face the consequences.
But for the intervention of Divisional Officer in Eket, Mr Benjamin Archegbani, the peaceful protest would have been hijack by street orchants.
Archegbani appealed to the oil spill contractors to allow peace prevail and give him sometime to meet with the management of ExxonMobil over the issue.
Efforts to reach the Manager, Media and Communication of the company, Mr Ogechukwu Udeagha proved abortive as calls to his phone was switch off.