Nigeria: Climate Activists Protest at Shell Annual Meeting in UK
……..’We have to end Shell impunity in Niger Delta’ – Conveners
It has been a week of tempest and pressure for the multinational oil firm, Shell Plc as climate activists and environmental justice advocates have been protesting against the company’s oil exploration activities.
On Monday, civil society organisations made up of people from the oil-rich Niger Delta region, environmental activists, representatives of host oil and gas communities, human rights groups, students, youths, artisans, and media practitioners, staged a protest at Shell office in Marina, State Lagos, protesting against the company oil exploration activities in the country.
In like manner, several climate activists on Tuesday stormed the venue of Shell’s annual general meeting (AGM) in London, United Kingdom in protest against its oil exploration.
The UK protesters carried placards with various inscriptions shouting, “Shame on Shell”, and singing “All we are saying, stop oil and gas”, and “We will stop you.”
According to the live streaming by @XRUK_Live on Twitter, Shell’s AGM came to an abrupt halt. They moved to another room but the protesters pushed through and disrupted the meeting.
The protesters, some of whom said their aim is to finally stop the AGM, insisted that the firm should stop oil and gas exploration in Nigeria.
They appealed to investors to stop funding the company’s operations due to the environmental hazards its activities pose on water, land, and human resources in Nigeria.
They also called for increased efforts on energy transition from fossil fuel to clean energy in Nigeria and the clean-up of the Ogoni land.
In his reaction to the UK protest, the director of Africa Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Rev. David Ugolor, said they welcome the demand for the disruption of Shell’s AGM and “We have to end Shell impunity in Niger Delta.”