CSO asks that Shell make amends for transgressions before departing.

CSO asks that Shell make amends for transgressions before departing.
A civil society organization, Spaces for Change (S4C), has called for Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to address environmental issues in the Niger Delta before proceeding with the sale of its assets in Nigeria. 

S4C, alongside affected communities, demands that Shell rectify problems such as the cleanup of environmentally devastated areas impacted by its activities in the Niger Delta before exiting the country. 

Shell recently announced plans to sell a significant portion of its onshore assets in the Niger Delta to a consortium of companies for $2.4 billion. 

The company's operations in the region over the past five decades have resulted in pollution, water contamination, environmental degradation, destruction of traditional livelihoods, and widespread human suffering. 

S4C's Executive Director, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, criticizes Shell for avoiding responsibility for oil leaks, blowouts, and fires, and calls on the Federal Government to protect the rights of affected communities. 

The organization emphasizes that selling off onshore business without addressing existing environmental harm is corporate irresponsibility. 

Multiple lawsuits against Shell for environmental damage are pending in various courts worldwide, with judgments ordering restitution remaining unfulfilled.

Courts have found Shell's operations to violate communities' rights, as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

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