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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 9:49 am    Post subject: HOW TO COMPENSATE OIL SPILL VICTIMS Reply with quote

I am a citizen of Cote d'Ivoire who used to live in Osaka from 1994
to 2005 after I graduated (Master degree in Civil Engineering) from
Tottori University. I have been deeply involved in activities to
promote Africa in Japan. I have participated in many events and also
organized several events for the promotion of Africa in Japan. I am
fluent in Japanese (speaking, reading; writing)..
I have also traveled in many Asian countries (China, Korea, Hong Kong).
During my stay in Asia, I have learned a lot about Asian industry,
economy, society, culture and social life and I would like to share the
rich experience.
Due to the socio-political situation in Cote d'Ivoire and in some
other African countries I have decided to return to Africa and
establish Network Africa Asia (N2A).
Network Africa Asia has been established in April 2006 with its main
office in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
Network Africa Asia is a NGO in order to promote various exchanges
between Africa and Asia. It intends also to reduce poverty by improving
Africans life environment.
Most of the core members of Network Africa Asia are civil engineers and
specialized in environment. We are at the moment targeting few projects
and we will be grateful to any organization that could assist us in
conducting them.

Below are news about oil spill that occured in Jacqueville a city
located about 60 km from Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire and people are
still suffering from the consequences.

On March 28, 2006, more than 5000 cubic meters of crude oil spilled
along the coast of the Cote d'Ivoire's Department of Jacqueville.
Contamination has spread to the Vridi Canal and Bietry Bay beside the
port of Abidjan.

Village chiefs and other leading citizens held a meeting in
Jacqueville, in the Cote d'Ivoire's Department of Jacqueville, on 11
April to discuss the detrimental effects of a coastal oil spill upon
the local economy. In addition to demanding better oversight of fuel
pipelines, they resolved to ask the national government for a general
cleanup of the pollution in coastal waters and compensation. The
Association of Traditional Chiefs and the Jacqueville General Council
pointed out that the population at large didn't share in oil revenues
and that fishermen's incomes suffered from the resulting contamination.
From Grand-Lahou to Bassam, fish have vanished from the coastal waters
of the Cote d'Ivoire's Department of Jacqueville since an oil spill in

late March. According to the Secretary-General and other officials of
the national shipowners' association, catches have decreased by 80% and
at least 2000 people in the fishing industry have nothing to do. The
Cote d'Ivoire Marine Fisheries Syndicate asked the government to
compensate shipowners and fishermen.
The Government is making efforts but there is no concrete action on the
field to ameliorate the situation.
We (Network Africa Asia) are planning to meet the traditional Chiefs,
the Jacqueville General Council, the fishermen, and people living in
Jacqueville to conduct a survey about the impact of the oil spill to
better understand the crisis in order to contact any worldwide
organization interested in the issue.
Thank you for any advice, assistance.

Network Africa Asia (N2A)
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
e-mail: netafricasia@yahoo.com / netafrikasia@yahoo.co.jp
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