It shocked me to find out that incidents such as the gulf disaster in US have been happening in Nigeria for over a decade. It is quite shameful that these events don’t make it to the news in quite the same way as they do in North America. As if that wasn’t enough, the companies implicated in this country are the (in)famous Big Oil multinationals. And wouldn’t you know it one that is implicated in this latest report in The Guardian is BP!!!
Shell has acknowledged that corroded pipeline spills happen every year! To avoid public scrutiny they quickly point out the fact that equipment error accounts for 2% of the spills, the rest are attributed to the state of lawlessness and disorder in the country.
From the Nigerian Govt. standpoint, there seems to be a complete lack of leadership and control. The private companies work on the premise that their CSR is limited to paying the government and leaving the governance responsibilities to them.