Olotu, an Environmental Hero, is Dead

Francis Freedom

The owner of Oya Lake whose case SACA first handled on arrival in Bayelsa State and which has attracted global attentions, Francis Freedom, aka, Olotu, is dead. Francis was a young fisherman and student. Francis' Oya Lake was heavily polluted by oil spills from Shell's facility which occurred in 2018 in the nearby Oburon Lake and flowed downstream to his own lake, and was not contained or cleaned up for 4 years. All efforts made by Francis to get the company to cleanup the spill failed until he brought it to SACA's attention. SACA engaged the company's shareholders in the UK and got the company to carry out a cleanup in June 2013.

However, the cleanup was shoddily done and, till date, the lake is still very much polluted.

Furthermore, following several sample collections and tests, experts have repeatedly concluded that the lake is still polluted with heavy metals, and SACA and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) have been pressing the company to return and clean up the lake to standard.

Meanwhile, Francis, having no other source of income, has still been living and fishing around the lake. In February, 2020, he died after a health complication at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri. His young daughter had died 2 years ago from pregnancy complications in the same hospital. SACA mourns Francis and prays for his happy repose.

Oruma Spill Victim Cries Out

Oruma Spill Still Not Cleaned Up

Oruma Community (Yiba-Ama) in Kolo Creek Cluster still lament the environmental crisis they have been thrown into due to the heavy oil spills around them. The spills, from Shell's facilities, have been there since 2015 and have been increasing because of neglect and unchecked bunkering activities around the area.

Irish Ambassador & Entourage

Irish Ambassador Visits SACA and Bayelsa Communities Again

The Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to Nigeria, Sean Hoy, has visited Bayelsa State once again. He was brought to the State by SACA. Together with SACA staff, they were received by the Bayelsa State government, who delegated some goverment officials to bring them to some of the host communities.

Training for NSCDC

SACA Trains NSCDC on Business, Security & Human Rights

SACA has conducted the first phase of its programmes for the Nigerian security operatives to help them discharge their functions of securing oil/gas investments without infringing on people's human rights. It started with the NSCDC which has the statutory federal mandate for this function.