Koroama Women stage protest alleging neglect by Shell, Nigeria


Women of Koroama in Taylor Creek, Gbarain clan in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the host community to Shell Petroleum Development Company, have protested alleged neglect by the oil company.

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Basic Data
NameKoroama Women stage protest alleging neglect by Shell, Nigeria
ProvinceBayelsa State
SiteYenogoa Local Government Area
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Specific CommoditiesCrude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsKoroma oil fields, under Gbaran/Ubie gas project, produces about one billion Standard Cubic Feet (SCF)of gas and more than 70,000 Barrels of crude oil per day.

Type of PopulationRural
Company Names or State EnterprisesRoyal Dutch Shell (SPDC) from Netherlands
Relevant government actorsNigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersEnvironmental Rights Action, Oilwatch Nigeria, Oilwatch Africa, Koroma Women Group, Nigerian Media.
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Trade unions
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Land occupation
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Oil spills, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality
Potential: Air pollution, Genetic contamination, Global warming, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsVisible: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Potential: Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Potential: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusIn operation
Development of AlternativesThe Nigeria Government and Shell should work out positive steps and ensure that environmental and social needs of the people are provided.

Shell should stop paying deaf ears to the demands of the people who are seeking justice for their land, and response immediately.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.The peoples demands has fallen on deaf ears, as Shell had refuse to provide basic amenities as agreed before their operation in the area. But Shell have rather visited pollution and social neglect on the community people.
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ContributorGodwin Uyi Ojo
Last update08/04/2014