The Bodo Mediation Initiative (BMI) led by its Chairman, Inemo Samiama and representatives of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on Wednesday 30 October 2019 took a tour of the remediation contractors’ site to inspect the basecamp at Patrick Waterside, Bodo where training of community workers for the Bodo Phase 2 cleanup is ongoing. The training is conducted by experts from international oil spill response companies in partnership with the remediation contractors.
During the tour, the BMI SCAT Leader Nicholas Story and SPDC Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) team took time to inspect the equipment and work tools of the contractors. Over 800 community workers undergoing the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Oil Spill Response Level 1 and 2 trainings were segmented into classes to allow for closer interaction between the trainers and the trainees.
Mr. Inemo Samiama commended the contractors for their coordination and expressed great joy that the Phase 2 cleanup project is progressing despite challenges encountered in various mediation processes. He additionally reiterated that the BMI will conduct site visits to the basecamp and work areas to assess the level of work done by remediation contractors and other logistics and service providers. This will form the basis of verifying the work carried out by each contractor before approval by relevant regulatory bodies.
The contractors assured the team that they will deliver on the scope of work to clean up the oil impacted areas of the Bodo creeks in line with best international practice.