Press release (PDF)
Report on SCAT Findings (PDF)
Working for SPDC as an (expat-) consultant implies the engagement of a local contractor, who holds the contract with the expat on behalf of SPDC. In my case the SPDC contractor Safic turned out to be a company run by a crook, named Hilary Akpenyi. Mr. Akpenyi still ows me several thousand US$ from my salary he has not paid me, although this payment compliant with my contract has been approved by the General Manager of SPDC for “Sustainable Development and Community Relation”. Later he revoked his approval for unknown reasons. Other sums Mr. Akpenyi took from me taking advantage of my lack of knowledge about the local situation in Port Harcourt. I feel obliged to issue this warning, because it can be taken for sure that Mr. Akpenyi will continue with his criminal activities.
His offenses were supported by leading persons from SPDC. This incredible behaviour reflects a completely unashamed attitude towards the reputation of SPDC as it was described in my final project report regarding to other issues.
On request I could give more details for interested colleagues.
1. Despite of some shortcomings and the non-existence of a project planning at the end of April, the project could have started immediately mid of October 2015 - if it would be only due to scientific and technical aspects.
2. Transparency in the project is ensured by the BMI directorate.
3. Pre-SCAT has been successfully conducted. SCAT participants have been trained to carry out the field work and the related documentation. Main SCAT done in August.
4. The project area has been defined.
5. A matrix for the prioritization of more SCAT sites has been finished/concluded.
6. An international lab has been identified successfully. Other labs have been excluded.
7. The Technical Assistant has been selected in a transparent way.
8. Four hundred (400) youths have been selected in Bodo in a transparent way.
9. SCAT-teams would be ready for field operations in order to prepare the clean-up.
10. Geomatics/Geoterrain are ready, the sampling protocol is in place, the analytical scope has been cleared with minor uncertainties.
11. The algorithm for the documentation has been established.
12. Camp of Lamor/Giolee was ready and operating.
13. Medical survey and training up to IMO Level 1 for 400 persons has been accomplished by Lamor/Giolee.
14. The contractors were ready to kick off remediation works around mid October 2015.