May 23 - Activists from the charity Platform protest outside Royal Dutch Shell's shareholder meeting in London. As Hayley Platt reports they blame Shell for mass pollution in the Niger Delta.
He's travelled half way around the world to protest at Royal Dutch Shell's shareholder meeting. Environmentalist Celestine Nkabar lives in Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta - once a base for the oil giant's Nigerian operations. He says years of pollution caused by Shell has devastated his community. And he wanted to personally tell Shell's outgoing CEO Peter Voser. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CELESTINE AKPOBARI NKABARI, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST AND HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER IN OGONILAND, NIGER DELTA SAYING: "Before he leaves office finally I want him to right some of the wrongs. He has to set the agenda for cleaning up of the mess and forget about profit and profit and profit and to talk about life, life, life and the environment." Voser recently announced his surprise retirement, less than five years into the role. During that time he's been credited with building up Shell's profits. But it, and other oil companies operations in Nigeria, have been the cause of much controversy for many years. In January a Dutch court ruled Shell could be held partially responsible for the pollution and ordered it to pay damages to one farmer. Sarah Shoraka is a human rights campaigner. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SARAH SHORAKA, CAMPAIGNER FOR NIGERIA OIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS, PLATFORM LONDON SAYING: "The UN did a report two years ago which showed that the clean up would take thirty years and it would need start up finance of a billion dollars." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CELESTINE AKPOBARI NKABARI, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST AND HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER IN OGONILAND, NIGER DELTA SAYING: "Life before Shell was fantastic, Ogoniland was the food basket of Nigeria. We had good sea food , periwinkle, all the rich sea food were there. Today all that is gone." Shell says many of the spills were caused by sabotage and the court accepted that. But it no longer operates in Ogoniland - Celestine still has to live there.