NIGERIA - Shell will indemnify Niger Delta fishermen with 70 mln euro

The oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, has agreed to pay 55 million pounds (70 million euro) to the people of Bodo, a town in southern Nigeria, for two cases of oil spill dating back to 2008.


According to reports from Shell and London law Leigh Day office, the company will pay 35 million pounds to 15,600 fishermen in the Niger Delta and the remaining 20 in the town of Bodo. Each of the 15,600 fishermen who have applied for compensation will receive 2,200 pounds (2,800 euro), equivalent to about three years of minimum wage in Nigeria, according to what is stated by counsel.


The agreement puts an end to three years of legal battle and avoids the Shell a trial before the High Court in London, already set for next May.


Despite the achieved agreement, the oil giant has also pledged to clean up the polluted areas; operations should begin between two to three months. "We hope that this agreement will foster good relations with Shell for the future, not only for the Bodo community, but for all of  the communities of the Niger Delta, which were affected in the same way - said Sylvester Kogbara, who chairs the council of the leaders and elders of Bodo - and we hope that the cleanliness of the environment in Bodo begins soon. "