The Niger Delta Initiative Austria(NDIA) was founded in the year 2010. The formation was facilitated by the visit of Mujahid Dokubo Asari of the Niger Delta People Salvation Front and Comrade Sunny Ofehe founder,Hope for Niger Delta Campaign in the Netherlands. Their visit was part of their efforts to get the youths of Niger Delta origin in the Diaspora to actively participate in raising awareness about the ongoing pollution and the human right violations in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
The Niger Delta Initiative Austria (NDIA), is a non-profit, non- governmental and non –political civic organization that is committed to show case original materials of the reckless pollution in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Over the last 50 years, Shell, ExxonMobile, Chevron, Agip and other multi-national oil companies has helped turn the Niger Delta into the world’s largest oil spill. And it should be the largest spill in human history because over 600million gallons of oil have been spilled, devastating an area twice the size of Austria.
The various oil firms scrambling for oil in the region have done nothing to clean up their mess and the pollution that has caused severe health problems to the people and their environment. There have been no real attempts by Shell and their co-polluters to solve the problem they created. This is however, a sharp contrast to how the world reacted to BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While it took just few days to get the world’s attention to it, the spill in the Niger Delta has been going on for over 50years and the BP spill is no way compare to the ones occurring in the Niger Delta. Shell earns record profit running into billions of dollars yearly while they also create historic level of pollution and human catastrophe.
The main aim of this website is to raise awareness and to draw the attention of the world to the pollution and the suffering of the people of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. To highlight the injustice of forceful appropriation of the resources of the lands and waterways of the people of the Niger Delta elsewhere outside of their control by a small cabal of rogue regime leaders. It also highlights trivialization of the fundamental issues of human rights, justice, equity, and fair play by the Nigerian state through the deceitful policies of eternally inequitable gifts of pittance handed over to the resource communities within the Niger Delta in form of bags of rice, calendar, dairies, boreholes, schools, clinics, roads of low grade standard. NDIA highlights excepts of news, reports, documentaries and videos clips on issues and matters of grave concern to the Niger Delta people, communities and nationalities, on human rights, self determination and resources control even as may have been expressly published in other print and electronic media.
The Niger Delta Initiative Austria, demands that Shell and their co-polluters should develop a solid plan to clean up the Niger Delta as recommended by the UN. That the various oil companies there should develop and give a clear plan to improve the maintenance of the out dated and faulty pipelines network that criss-crosses the Niger Delta and protect them against theft and sabotage. Both the government of Nigeria and Shell-the main oil company operating on land in the Niger Delta, have a responsibility to clean up oil operations and come clean about the human impact of the oil industry in the Niger Delta.
The Niger Delta Initiative Austria also demands that Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian environmental activist from the Niger Delta who was executed in 1995 by hanging, should be immortalized and his name be put in the right place of history of Nigeria. NDIA demand that Ken Saro-Wiwa whose only crime was the awareness he tried to create in the west should have a day that should be set aside for his recognition.